The Weekly Grill

S2 Ep 7: Wagyu industry pioneer, David Blackmore

The Weekly Grill podcast host Kerry Lonergan this week turns up the heat on Wagyu industry pioneer, David Blackmore, who has been a key player in Wagyu’s extraordinary trajectory in Australia since the mid-1990s.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the pair touch on  topics including how Wagyu got a foothold in the Australian beef industry, the quest for quality over quantity, the extraordinary prices high-end restaurant customers around the world are prepared to pay for elite Wagyu, and the risk of over-producing Wagyu beef in Australia.

Sponsoring our Weekly Grill podcast series are Kelly’s Finance Group and Elanco Animal Health.


Readers can find more than 40 past episodes from podcasts recorded over the past 12 months, featuring a wide range of stakeholders from across the red meat supply chain, in the links below.

Check out our earlier  Weekly Grill podcasts here, including beef processing plant manager Wasa Mudannayake; Jock Whittle, head of asset performance for Macquarie Group’s MIRA Agriculture division, including Paraway Pastoral Co; veteran beef industry leader David Crombie; Beef Central’s regular live export market commentator and columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth; our regular cattle market wrap with TEM’s Matt Dalgleish and Stockco’s Chris Howie; Australian meat Industry Council’s Patrick Hutchinson; Agriculture Minister  David Littleproud;  Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann;  Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack’s Creek Wagyu; veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell; retired non-packer beef exporter, Richard Rains; carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan from Impact Agriculture; Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop; stud cattle showing identities Gary Noller and Rob Sinnamon; veteran Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds; beef processing legend, ACC’s David Foote;  Live export class action facilitator, Tracey Hayes; Signature Beef’s Blair Angus; Consolidated Pastoral Co chief and Livecorp chairman, Troy Setter; nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes; CCA independent northern and southern directors, Alice Greenup and Olivia Lawson; Australian Agricultural Co head Hugh Killen; Sydney independent red meat retailer Stephen Kelly; lotfeeder, Charlie Mort; processor and supply chain manager, Terry Nolan; livestock transport operator Ross Fraser; and Organic supply chain manager Alister Ferguson.



The Weekly Grill is brought to readers and listeners by Kelly’s Finance Group and Elanco Animal Health. 












































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