Wagyu beef is like none other. Not only is it healthy for you, but it is guaranteed to please even the most sophisticated palettes. Wagyu beef is known for it's unique muscle fibers and distinct marbling, offering a favorable, tender, juicy treat. Keep reading to learn more about Wagyu's natural health benefits and why you should always choose Wagyu!
A Brief History of Wagyu
Wagyu cattle are derived from the Japanese genetic pool and were first brought to the United States in 1976. The Wagyu breed is heterogeneous and was originally derived from Asian cattle, which were crossbred with British and Eurpoean breeds to become Wagyu. Originally designed as a work animal, the discovery of an increased intramuscular fat provided not only an immense energy supply, but also intense marbling that provides delicious, juicy premium meat. Today, you can find Wagyu farmers and distributors all over the U.S. Raines Farm prides itself on being the largest breeder of Wagyu in the state of Lousiaiana.
Major Wagyu Genetic Strains
There are 3 major black strains of Wagyu that have evolved from the original and secondary breeding generations. These are Tajima, Shimane and Kedaka. There is one major red strain, Akawashi. Raines Farm chooses to use the following Wagyu strains for breeding:
Tajima Wagyu is known for its excellent, abundant marbling (intramuscular fat). This type of fat provides the juiciest chew compared to other beef options. However, the Tajima strain is not as feed efficient and takes more days on feed, to produce a “finished” animal. It is also not as muscular and therefore provides a smaller amount of meat per carcass.
Kedaka Wagyu bulls are more feed efficient, generally more muscular and produces more meat per animal than other Wagyu strains. Marbling is good, but not as excellent as the Tajima breed.
Akawashi Wagyu is feed efficient and muscular. Akawashi produces an abundant amount of intramuscular fat and the deposits are larger than the feathery Tajima and Kedaka strains.
Raines Farm actually chooses to crossbreed Wagyu and British cattle rather than producing 100% pure Wagyu offspring. Why you ask?
Why Choose Wagyu?
Wagyu beef is not only delicious, but it is healthier than other beef.
Implementing Wagyu products into your restaurant or market is easy. Raines Farm can help you choose the best products that meet your specific needs and teach you the best way to prepare and cook your Wagyu. We are only a phone call away!