Originally Posted by centexsmoker
right....but the word wagyu just means japanese cow. There is no such breed as Wagyu. There are no standards to call something wagyu (other than those created by the breeder associations).
I'm sure it's awesome beef. Ours is too. Just saying it's all marketing
"Wa-Gyu" just means cow in Japanese
but it is a loan word in English now.
There are a half dozen Japanese breeds that are exceptional genes and those genes are raised in Australia ,Fujiyoshi or Shimane, Kedaka or Tottori, Tajima, we even raise the Korean influenced Japanese red lines like Kumamoto and Kochi.
Genetic testing is strict.
The point is moot about breeding percentages and names because Wa-Gyu owe a huge debt in their genes to European stock like Simmental and Ayrshire, something Australian breeders look for I have been told.
If you see Australian beef market "Wagyu" in the USA, you can trust you are buying a quality that Japanese are getting.
In fact, Japanese in high end restaurants are mostly eating Australian but are not being told about it