WAGYU is a Japanese beef cattle breed derived from native Asian cattle. The name ‘WAGYU’ refers to all Japanese beef cattle, where ‘Wa’ means Japanese and ‘gyu’ means cow.
Wagyu were originally draft animals used in Japanese agriculture, and were selected for their physical endurance. This selection favoured animals with more intra-muscular fat cells, or ‘marbling’, which provided a readily available source of energy. Wagyu is a naturally horned breed and the cattle are either black or red in colour.
As a brief introduction- to view a short introductory video on Wagyu beef (courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – MAFF)