What is Wagyu Beef?
Wagyu are a Japanese breed of cattle that are renowned for their marbling which gives the meat a rich flavour and buttery texture. Popular across the world, Wagyu have been exported across the world and are bred in Australia, the US and many more countries. There are four breeds of Wagyu in Japan, starting with the Japanese Black, Japanese Polled, Japanese Brown and Japanese Shorthorn.
Across the world, they are cross-bred with a variety of breeds, here in Australia Westholme breed their Wagyu cattle with their own breed of Mitchell cattle, while award-winning Jack’s Creek crosses their Wagyu with premium Black Angus cattle.
Is grain fed better than grass fed beef?
While this usually is up to personal preference, there are clear differences between grain fed and grass fed beef. Grain feed beef is usually fed at a feedlot for a prescribed period of time, usually ranging from 80-400 days. This ensures a very-controlled diet that in turn results in a more consistent product and reliable marbling, ensuring that you can be confident in delivering an excellent eating experience every single day.
While grass fed beef is fed on natural pastures with no grain, this ensures a richer and more distinctive 'beefy' flavour, although it is often a less reliable eating experience. There are also some nutritional differences that flow through from the animal's diet, but in the end, it is usually just personal preference, with grain fed often favoured for its consistency in professional kitchens.
What is free range chicken?
Free range chicken refers to chickens that are grown with access to outdoor space where they can roam freely. Although there are no exact specifics across the country when it comes to chickens grown for meat. The main benefit of free range chicken is that is expected that it is an improvement for animal welfare, with other reported nutritional benefits, but when it comes to taste it is once again personal preference.