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The word Wagyu refers to all Japanese beef cattle ('Wa' means Japanese or japanese-style and 'gyu' means cattle).

Cattle were first introduced into Japan in the 2nd century to provide power for the cultivation of rice. Because of the rugged terrain, migration was slow and restricted. Cattle tended to be isolated in small areas and each area had essentially a closed population.

From 1635 to 1868, the cow herd in Japan was officially closed by mandate of the Shogun. And except for a short period during the Meiji Restoration in the late 1800's the national herd has remained closed to this day.    more...

Latest Wagyu Breed News

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Release of Wagyu Genetic Test Imminent
AUSTRALIA - A new genomics test being developed for the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) and set for imminent release to Wagyu...
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Further Lift in Wagyu Registrations
AUSTRALIA - Wagyu cattle are the fastest growing major breed in Australia, maintaining expansion after doubling over the last...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wagyu Beef Keeps Eye On Expansion
AUSTRALIA - As demand for high quality beef continues to grow across Japan and Asia, the Wagyu beef industry is progressing to...

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