SAKURA WAGYU BEEF
DISCOVER TASTE OF JAPAN
SAKURA WAGYU BEEF
As known as Kyushu Island (Kagoshima or Miyazaki) Wagyu.
Kyushu Black cattle are blessed with the sun and natural surroundings of a warm tropical Kyushu Island. There are four different breeds of Wagyu cattle: Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Shorthorn, and Japanese Polled; Japanese Black cattle comprise about 90% of the Wagyu cattle breeds. Japanese Black cattle from Kagoshima / Miyazaki Prefecture are the most numerous in Japan, and are marketed under the brand name "Kagoshima (Black) Beef" and "Miyazaki (Black) Beef". Both of breeds we originally call them “Sakura Wagyu” in U.K.
In order to ensure fair trading, beef in Japan is currently graded by the Japan Meat Grading Association on the basis of the yield grade and meat quality grade.
The yield grade refers to the ratio of meat to the total weight of the carcass, and is classified into 3 grades from A to C, with A providing a higher yield. The meat quality grade is classified into five grades from 1 to 5, based on four criteria: fat marbling; the colour and brightness of the meat; its firmness and texture; and the colour and brightness of the fat. The lowest of the four individual grades becomes the final grade allocated to the meat.
A thorough grading system of 15 grades (using a combination of the two above-mentioned elements) ensures a clear indication of Wagyu meat quality and yield grade.
Wagyu Produced in Japan and Outside of Japan are Entirely Different.
The "Japan top three Wagyu" title refers to Matsusaka Ushi, Kobe Beef, and Ohmi Beef cattle raised in the Kansai region of Japan.
All three of these Wagyu types start out as Tajima Beef cattle born in Hyogo Prefecture, but are taken in as calves by commercial cattle farmers in other regions. They take on the names of Matsusaka Ushi, Kobe Beef, or Ohmi Beef depending on the region of the commercial cattle farm where they are raised.
Kyushu is the largest producer of Japanese Black, and only the highest quality cattle from this region can be dubbed "Sakura Wagyu".
Raising cattle uniformly and produce high quality beef
The marbling is soft and fine so the texture is also soft
Has a tender fat that easily melts leading to a soft mouthfeel
Fine and evenly proportion of fat on meat producing rich flavour
Raising cattle in mass production but low quality beef
Lacks marbling so the texture is a bit tough
Does not have enough tender fat making it difficult to chew
Fat is not evenly spread on the meat giving a bland taste