Why Wagyu

What is Wagyu?

Your first forkful of a Wagyu steak isn’t something that you will soon forget.

You will taste the signature rich flavor, unique to Wagyu beef. You will see the intense marbling throughout the cut of meat. You will notice how your steak practically melts in your mouth.

Most of all, you will wonder where Wagyu beef has been all of your life.

What is Wagyu Beef?

“Wa” means Japanese and “gyu” is Japanese for cow… so when translated literally, it simply means “Japanese cow”.

True Wagyu beef is a direct result of full-blooded genetics passed down from cattle in the Kobe region of Japan. Kobe beef has long been known as the top tier premium beef in the world. Wagyu cattle take advantage of those same genetics, right along with similar methods of raising and feeding cattle.

It is important to note that Kobe beef is exclusive to that region of Japan. Bottom line: this means that all Kobe is Wagyu, but not all Wagyu is Kobe.

Wagyu cattle possess a genetic predisposition to the unique and intense marbling for which they are known, which is why it is so important to maintain the integrity of the bloodline. Just as important as genetics is how the cattle are treated and fed throughout their lifespan. Diamond T Ranch has adopted a series of best practices, most of which come from the Kobe region. This disciplined approach makes for a significant difference in the quality of the beef.

Diamond T cattle are raised in a calming and stress-free environment. Too much stress can cause high levels of glycogen and lactic acid, which can affect the level of mono-unsaturated (or healthier) fats versus saturated (less healthy fats).

Feed is a balanced and carefully portioned blend of grains, along with the free range so readily available on the rolling green hills of our ranch.

Perhaps most importantly, we allow our cattle to reach full maturity naturally… this means no growth hormones, no implants, and no antibiotics. Since Wagyu cattle tend to reach peak marbling quality around the thirty to thirty-six-month point, a natural and drug-free lifespan is critical to the quality of the beef.

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