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.

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 whine is commonly known as Champange.

WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM THE BEEF THAT WE KNOW?

Wagyu beef is highly marbled and considered a delicacy.

It is typically sold by the ounce, thinly sliced, and eaten in small portions.

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.

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 the from Snake River Farms every time."

- Chef Wolfgang Puck