Is American Wagyu beef raised similarly as in Japan?
There are some differences in the processes used to raise American versus Japanese Wagyu. American Wagyu are raised on ranches and feedyards similar to other American cattle, although they are fed special diets for up to four times longer than average American cattle. Given limited farmland in Japan, Japanese Wagyu are usually raised in confinement, most often indoors, in order to develop greater fat content and less lean muscle tissue.
American Wagyu: What's the difference?
A genetically unique breed, more ox-like in structure, Wagyu cattle provide a high quality dining experience and develop heavy marbling within their muscle. As a result, the beef is much more tender and flavorful than typical USDA top grades. "At Snake River Farms, we look to the Japanese grading system to determine the quality of our product," said Theiler. "The Japanese system grades meat quality according to 12 different levels, eight of which include marbling levels that begin at Prime and go up from there." Only about three percent of U.S. cattle achieve a prime rating. The Japanese system allows for further differentiation of highly marbled premium beef.
American Wagyu: What are the health benefits?
Beef is an excellent source of protein as well as vitamins B-6 and B-12, and American Wagyu beef has been found to have certain advantages over standard American breeds in terms of fat content.
American Wagyu is a good source of some essential fatty acids, particularly omega-6 and omega-3, and contains a much higher proportion of monounsaturated fats -- the good fats -- relative to saturated fats. Most traditional American beef has a saturated to monounsaturated fat ratio of 2:1, but American Wagyu is the opposite with two parts monounsaturated to one part saturated fats.
Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef can be purchased online and found in fine restaurants and retailers around the world. For more information or to order Snake River Farms products, visit www.snakeriverfarms.com or call 877.736.0193.
About Snake River Farms
Currently celebrating their 15-year Crystal Anniversary, Snake River Farms is passionate about delivering only the finest eating experiences, a luxury once reserved exclusively for the world's most esteemed restaurants. Featured on the menus of three-star Michelin-rated restaurants, and at top retailers and restaurants around the world, Snake River Farms products include American Kobe (Wagyu) beef, fresh Kurobuta (Berkshire) pork, and gourmet ham and sausages. The family-owned business began more than a decade ago with a small herd of Wagyu cattle from the Kobe region of Japan. The Wagyu bulls were crossed with premium American Black Angus to form a proprietary herd that has developed into one of the finest groups of Wagyu/Angus cross cattle in the U.S. Snake River Farms offers a full line of American Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork products including gourmet hamburgers, hams, sausages, frankfurters and hardwood smoked bacon. All products are made with only the finest ingredients to ensure an exquisite eating experience. For more information, visit www.snakeriverfarms.com.
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