We chose Wagyu as our breed because it is the Rolls Royce of beef, the food of Emperors and Samurai warriors. Grass-fed wagyu is sweet, nutty, juicy, tender and just downright delicious.
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All the people who had been growing Wagyu cattle told us they didn't like being outdoors eating grass. This felt like a convenient truth and we were never going to keep cows in cages so we let them out, and guess what; it turns out they actually really like grass, fresh air and sunshine.
Then we started grading our grass-fed wagyu beef based on its marbling, like the grain-fed guys do. We fed it to our friends and an interesting thing happened. People worked out which marble score they liked and became overnight experts — "lean like 3 is the one for me", "anything under a 6 is for..."
Suddenly it was personal.
So now you can stick with your favourite marble score grade, or you can work on the ‘time and a place for everything’ theory. We hope you find this calibration tool helpful and wish you well in your search for your ‘marbling sweet spot’.