Originally Posted by buccaneer
"Wagyu" just means cow in Japanese
There are a half dozen Japanese breeds that are exceptional genes and those genes are raised in Australia and "Wagyu" can only be used on genetically tested cattle from this selection.
So, it is't just marketing.
You cannot raise a mixed Hereford with one of these breeds and call it "Wagyu"here.
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 it but are not being told about it
"You cannot raise a mixed Hereford with one of these breeds and call it "Wagyu"here."
I disagree but you live there and should know better than me.
Not looking for a dustup and I'll defer to your local knowledge