Wagyu beef marbling – Available in Croatia!!

Wagyu – a Japanese beef breed – was introduced to Australia in 1991 and has generated widespread interest. When Wagyu are crossed with Angus, Murray Grey, Shorthorn and Holstein cattle the superior B3 meat produced is highly regarded in Japan.

Breed origins and lines:

Wagyu were originally draught animals used in cultivated so they were selected for physical endurance. This selection favoured animals with more intra muscular fat cells – marbling – which provided a readily available energy source.

Japanese Wagyu derived from native Asian cattle which were infused with British and European breeds in the late 1800’s. Although the breed was closed to outside bloodlines in 1910, regional isolation has produced a number of different lines with varying conformations.

Tajima – originating from the Hyogo prefecture. These black cattle were used to pull carts and ploughs so they developed larger forequarters and lighter hindquarters. They are generally smaller-framed with slower growth rates but produce excellent meat quality with large eye muscle and superior marbling. They are thought to be ideal for the production of F1 cattle for slaughter. The Tajima bloodlines are generally regarded as producing the best quality meat in all of Japan.

Kedaka or Tottori – These were pack animals in the grain industry so they are larger animals with straight, strong backlines and generally good growth rates but sometimes variable meat quality.

Fujiyoshi or Shimane – These are medium framed cattle with average growth rate and good quality meat and are suited to crossing with Angus.


Kochi – These red lines were strongly influenced by Korean lines.

Kumamoto – These red lines have the Simmental influence.

The production of Wagyu beed in Japan is highly regulated and progeny testing is mandatory. Only the very best proven genetics are kept for breeding.

Realising the value of their unique product, The Japanese Government banned the export of Wagyu and declared them a national treasure. However in 1976, four bulls were mysteriously exported to the United States and Wagyu were graded up from the US cow herd. With recent imports from Japan, Australian Wagyu bloodlines now are amongst the best in the world.


Wagyu beef marbling available frozen in Croatia. Contact us for more details.