Wagyu Breed

WAGYU is a unique breed that has amongst its key attributes, other than the exquisite marbled beef quality, a high calving ease, excellent (docile) temperament, resilient in the feedlot and has a high (dressing percentage) carcass yield. Most important is the economic value derived from each animal, which is currently 100% more than pastoral cattle, sold at either the farm gate or as a long fed carcass. Wagyu breeding requires patience as it takes time to build up a viable herd and end markets, this then becomes your own economic moat.

What is WAGYU?

WAGYU is a Japanese beef cattle breed derived from native Asian cattle. The name ‘WAGYU’ refers to all Japanese beef cattle, where ‘Wa’ means Japanese and ‘gyu’ means cow. Wagyu were originally draft animals used in Japanese agriculture, and were selected for their physical endurance.This selection favoured animals with more intra muscular fat cells, or ‘marbling’, which provided a readily available source of energy. Wagyu is a naturally horned breed and the cattle are either black or red in colour.

Why Breed WAGYU?

Wagyu is a unique breed that has amongst its key attributes, other than the exquisite marbled beef quality, a high calving ease, excellent(docile temperament, resilient in the feedlot and has a high(dressing percentage )carcass yield. Most important is the economic value derived from each animal, which is currently 100% more than pastoral cattle, sold at either the farm gate or as a long fed carcass. Wagyu breeding requires patience as it takes time to build up a viable herd and end markets, this then becomes your own economic moat.

The WAGYU Breed strengths
  • Outstanding beef eating quality
  • High marbling, delivering beef tenderness, juiciness and flavour
  • Softer fat composition: higher ratio of unsaturated fats – providing a healthier beef product
  • Finer meat texture
  • Strong dressing percentage and high retail beef yield
  • Not excessive back fat
  • Calving ease
  • Fertility and virility
  • Quiet temperament
  • Versatile adaptation to environments
  • Early female maturity
  • Strong foragers
  • Transport well over long distances
  • Resilient in the feedlot, including resistance to Bovine Respiratory Disease
  • Strong demand from high value markets including Japan
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Woodview Wagyu Sale 27 April 2017