What is American Wagyu Beef?

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING

Wagyu is the breed. It means Japanese cattle.

It was made famous in the Kobe region of Japan.

map of Kobe region in Japan

Matsusaka and Ohmi region of Japan

THERE ARE THREE MAJOR JAPANESE WAGYU BRANDS

Matsusaka Ushi - raised in and around Matsusaka city in Mie prefecture.

Kobe Beef - raised in Kobe city area of Hyogo prefecture.

Ohmi Beef - raised in Shiga prefecture.


PLACES VERSUS PRODUCT

Worldwide these brands, along with others, are commonly referred to as Kobe...

...much like sparkling white wine is commonly known as Champagne.

Kobe region of Japan

photo of kobe beef

WHAT IS WAGYU?

Wagyu is a Japanese cattle breed that produces intensely marbled beef. Bona fide Wagyu is rare and carefully guarded. The breed is unique in that it continues to add intramuscular fat as the cattle grows.

When crossbred with other non-Wagyu cattle breeds, it yields American Wagyu which features rich marbling and the traditional beef flavor preferred by American palates.


SNAKE RIVER FARMS STORY

We maintain purebred Wagyu cow and bull herds from renowned Japanese bloodlines.

These imported cattle are the foundation of our Snake River Farms program.

We have been improving our herd since 1989.

map of USA and Japan

illustration of cattle in USA and Japan

WHAT IS AMERICAN WAGYU BEEF?

These purebred Wagyu are crossed with traditional beef cattle breeds to create American Wagyu Beef.

The result is a perfect blend of famous Wagyu buttery marbling and the robust beef flavor that American beef is known for.

It is the best of both worlds.


"It has the richness of Japanese beef with lots of marbling, but the flavor is more akin to what we're used to in America. You can give me a pound of the best Wagyu from Japan, or a pound of this, and I'll choose Snake River Farms every time."

- Chef Wolfgang Puck

American Wagyu steak