Wagyu beef is known the world over for its tenderness and extensive marbling that gives it a rich buttery flavor. Authentic Wagyu beef has its origins in Japan where it was developed over many centuries to what we have today. Although Wagyu beef was originally only available from Japanese farms, since the 1990s Wagyu beef has been produced in the US and other countries, including Canada and Australia.
In the US, Wagyu beef is produced by a set of strict standards established by the American Wagyu Association, formed in 1990. Since then, Wagyu cattle have been bred and raised in the United States, and the beef is now widely available in the form of steaks, burgers, and even hot dogs.
Key Aspects of Raising Wagyu Cattle
Genetics – Wagyu cattle are a specific breed of cattle originally from Japan. Breeders carefully select and breed these animals to produce the highest quality beef.
Feeding – Feeding Wagyu cattle is a critical part of raising them. They’re often fed a specific diet that includes high quality grains and grasses to promote the development of marbling. Some farmers also use a method call beer feeding, where the cattle are given a small amount of beer to simulate their appetites.
Environment – Wagyu cattle need ample space to move around, access to clean water, and protection from extreme weather conditions. Some farmers use specialized barns with temperature and humidity controls to create a stress-free environment for the cattle.
Care – The care of Wagyu cattle is critical for their health and well-being. Farmers often employ skilled veterinarians and caretakers to monitor the cattle and provide them with individualized care. This can include regular health checks, grooming, and even massages to reduce stress, relax the cattle, and promote muscle development.
Slaughter – Even the process of slaughtering Wagyu cattle is highly regulated, and the animals are treated humanely and with respect. The beef is then graded based on its marbling, texture, and flavor before being sold to the public.
Raising Wagyu cattle is as much an art as it is a science. Because of the specialized care and feeding they receive along with the stress free environment farmers provide them, these cattle produce the most tender and delicious beef to be found anywhere.
Where to Find Wagyu Beef
Triple T Ranch is a small family owned Wagyu beef producer located in southern Alabama. All of our cattle are registered through the American Wagyu Association, ensuring their authenticity and quality. We raise our cattle without added hormones, antibiotics, or animal by products so as to provide our customers with the juiciest, most tender cuts of meat. Our cattle are well cared for, and we use only proven husbandry practices to ensure the health and prosperity of our herd. If you’d like more information about our Wagyu beef, contact us through our website or give us a call at 251-333-2800.