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What is Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu is a Japanese cattle breed genetically inclined to produce beef that is densely marbled.'Wagyu' refers to all Japanese beef cattle, where 'Wa' means Japanese and 'gyu' means cow. Back in the day, Wagyu cows were used in agriculture -- their intra-muscular fat cells (aka ‘marbling’) provided a readily available energy source. Now they are a prized breed providing beef with an exquisitely buttery texture and flavor. 

What is the difference between Kobe and Wagyu?

Kobe is actually a part of the Wagyu breed. However, the term “Kobe beef” can only be applied to Wagyu cattle produced in Japan’s Hyōgo Prefecture, of which Kobe is the capital. Wagyu cows that are raised and harvested in the United States or Australia are Wagyu, but cannot be Kobe. A Bar N Ranch does not raise Kobe, but proudly raises Texas Wagyu cattle.  

Are cows actually massaged and fed beer?

No, we focus our attention on providing our cows a wonderful, low-stress life on the rolling hills of A Bar N Ranch. The happier the cow, the more delicious the meat!

Why is Wagyu healthier than other kinds of beef?

Because Wagyu is intensely marbled with softer fat, it has higher percentages of monounsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is lower in cholesterol than commodity beef

What are the cows fed?

In addition to pasture grasses and dried forage, our cows are fed an all-natural and wholesome diet consisting of nutrient-rich feed supplements made by blending corn, wheat, soybeans, vitamins, minerals, and more. This diet has been carefully formulated by our staff Nutritionist, who has studied Japanese feeding practices since 1994. We have several of these formulas that the animals are fed depending on their age and needs. 

Do you feed them any hormones or antibiotics?

No, our ranch’s pasture-raised, grain-finished livestock are never fed man-made growth hormones and other harmful synthetics.

How long is your product aged?

All of our primal cuts are wet aged for 28 days. 

How long is my beef good in the freezer?

Beef should be good for 12 months as long as the product is kept at a steady frozen temperature.

How should I thaw my steaks?

For best results, thaw beef overnight in the bottom portion of your refrigerator. Briskets will take about 48 hours to thaw. Enjoy within 3 days of thawing. 

Please let us know if you have any further questions. Feel to contact us by our online form or by calling us at 972-273-0310.