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EDUCATION




Wagyu cattle were used in Japan for generations as draught animals due to their high endurance and energy reserves. These characteristics have contributed to the increased marbling capacity found in Wagyu meat. Japanese producers have focused on these characteristics to maximise the impact of quality & flavour now famous around the world.

Wagyu Types

Wagyu cattle were introduced into Australia in 1990, and are now home to the largest herd of Wagyu outside of Japan. There are a number of different types of Wagyu production in Australia.

KOBE BEEF

Japanese Law states that “Kobe” only relates to beef originating from the Hyogo prefecture in Japan. In order to be classified as “Kobe” these cattle must have pure lineage, be born and raised in the Hyogo prefecture and processed in a Hyogo processing plant as well as other stringent criteria. This beef also comes with an identification number that must be displayed when it is sold. Therefore any Wagyu produced in Australia (or any other country) should not be referred to as Kobe.


  • Fullblood Wagyu

  • ASSOCIATED BRANDS shirokin logo
  • DAD (SIRE) FULLBLOOD WAGYU
  • MUM (DAM) FULLBLOOD WAGYU
  • CALF FULLBLOOD WAGYU
  • DAD (SIRE)
  • MUM (DAM)
  • CALF 100%
    FULLBLOOD
    WAGYU
  • KEY POINTS
  • no influence from other breeds
  • slow growing animals
  • 500 days to reach full marbling potential
  • Cross Bred Wagyu (XB)

  • ASSOCIATED BRANDS shirokin logo
  • DAD (SIRE) FULLBLOOD WAGYU
  • MUM (DAM) OTHER BOS TAURUS BREED
  • CALF CROSS BRED: F1
  • DAD (SIRE)
  • Eg. Angus or Holstein
    MUM (DAM)
  • CALF 50%
    F1
    (XB WAGYU)
    CROSSBRED
  • KEY POINTS
  • majority of Australian Wagyu Herd
  • larger frame and quicker growing than fullbloods
  • fed grain for 300+ days
  • Purebred Wagyu

  • DAD (SIRE) FULLBLOOD WAGYU
  • MUM (DAM) OTHER BOS TAURUS BREED
  • CALF CROSS BRED: F1

DAD (SIRE) MUM (DAM)
50%
F1
(XB WAGYU)
CALF 75%
F2
(XB WAGYU)
CROSSBRED
DAD (SIRE) MUM (DAM)
75%
F2
(XB WAGYU)
CALF 87.5%
F3
(XB WAGYU)
CROSSBRED
DAD (SIRE) MUM (DAM)
87.5%
F3
(XB WAGYU)
CALF 93.75%
F4
PURE BRED
  • KEY POINTS
  • upgraded version of crossbred Wagyu
  • only one introduction of a breed other than Wagyu (F1 Dam)