Wagyu cattle are treated with extreme attention from its farmers, from morning to night, 365 days a year. Maternal sows and calves receive special attention as it protects the future of the farms and the next generations of cattle.
To protect the calves and make sure they grow healthy and strong, they are bottle-fed after birth. Wagyu maternal sows and their calves are raised in an environment that is free of stress. This personal care is given by the farmers ensures that future generations of Wagyu remain at a high-level pedigree quality.
A Wagyu Feeding farm begins each day by providing feed to their cattle. Then, farmers go through each and every single head of cattle, to check for their health. This health check is a very important part, performed 365 days a year, without exception.
Japanese Wagyu enjoy an extremely rich diet that promotes their quintessential omega fatty acid-rich diet intramuscular marbling, high in oleic acid. The rice straw they consume daily is partially responsible for the marbling.
When cattle become stressed, they fall ill. Because of that, the quality of their meat deteriorates. Farmers, therefore, give a lot of care to ensure their cattle are comfortable.
Every morning, Wagyu farmers begin their day by checking the health of each cattle head. Any symptoms of diseases are treated immediately. Because of it, not only the cattle head can recover and grow healthy, but it also ensures the health and safety of the herd.
Another example of the tender care given by the Wagyu farmers is, they prepare handmade jackets to each of cattle head when the temperature starts dropping. Since Wagyu are such precious animals, their health and well-being are treated with the utmost care.
A lot of people believe that Wagyu cattle are massaged like humans are. However, that's not the case.
Newborn calves are licked by their mother cow to catheterize, ensure body temperature, and make breathing easier. Yet, some of the cattle which give birth for the first time tend to not lick their calves. In these cases, farmers immediately dry the calves after birth with a towel. They also massage the calves to help it breathe properly.
In addition, farmers brush their cattle in order to clean off dirt and ward off bugs. It just so happens that the cattle enjoy the brushing, and as a result, relax their musculature
Every five years in Japan, there are the Wagyu Olympics. Over 500 Wagyu cattle heads, only purebred Japanese Wagyu, are judged in two categories. One is the "Breeding Cattle Division," which, as the name suggests, judges breeding. The other is called "Beef Cattle Division," which judges the quality of meat.
The Wagyu Olympics motivates farmers and their families, who raise cattle 365 days a year, to continue striving for excellence. Because of their efforts, Wagyu is constantly being pushed to new levels - the world's most incredible beef!
Throughout all 47 prefectures of Japan, you can find Japanese Wagyu cattle being raised. It's unimaginable to decide which prefecture produces the most delicious brand of Wagyu.
Each farm raises their Wagyu with unique diets, constantly tweaking to fine-tune the best nutritionally-balanced regimen to their cattle. So, for example, Wagyu from Hokkaido, compared to Hyogo, Kagoshima, or Miyazaki, all have subtle characteristics and flavors.