Domestic Wagyu vs Australian Wagyu

Wagyu beef is one of the most popular meats in the world. In Japanese, Wagyu translates to “Japanese cow.” Its flavor, texture, and marbling cannot be matched in any other type of meat. Not only is this meat a mouthwatering main course, but it is also the healthiest steak you can have! This breed of cow is sought after for its very low levels of cholesterol and a high percentage of good fat.

At Second City Prime, we’re proud to provide the finest selection of Wagyu beef available to our customers! We’re excited to share our knowledge with you about the difference between Australian Wagyu and American Wagyu.

Australian Wagyu

Australia has the largest population and breed association of Wagyu outside of Japan. This means that they are as close to Japanese Wagyu that can be obtained outside of Japan. Australian herds are a mix of purebred and crossbred animals. Australian herds have become one of the best in Wagyu, and many farmers commend the rainfall, humidity, springs, and tropical grasses that Australia provides. Feeding for these herds depend on the farm, but Australian cattle do not graze as long as Japanese Wagyu. As a result, Australian Wagyu has a different texture but still boasts a buttery, rich flavor.

American Wagyu

During the mid-1970s, the first shipment of Wagyu made its way to the U.S., but only four bulls survived the trip. The U.S. has only imported about two hundred Wagyu from Japan, meaning that these Wagyu herds are mainly crossbred. Now, in the U.S., there are around 30,000 Wagyu and only 5,000 full-blood Wagyu, meaning that the cattle can be traced back to its Japanese origins. Crossbred Wagyu cows consist of 50% Wagyu blood, which is the most common domestically, and are usually a mix of Wagyu and the most common U.S. breed, the Angus.

We hope you enjoyed this brief Wagyu history lesson! If you decide to grill your Wagyu tonight, whether it be Australian or American, be sure to snap a photo and tag us on Instagram, @secondcityprime! We would be thrilled to share your special dinner with our followers. 

Choose Second City Prime for all your Wagyu needs and more! All Second City Prime Steak & Seafood Company products come individually vacuum sealed and frozen and are guaranteed in your freezer for 6-12 months.

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