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Marble Ranch have been intent since day 1 to create a U.S. wagyu that can compete with Japanese origin wagyu. The first step was keeping the bloodline pure. Marble Ranch has not crossbred their cattle and are a 100% full blood U.S. Wagyu producer across their whole herd.
The second step is to use the same raising tactics that Japan uses. One of the more basic tactics is the use of sun shelters that also have ceiling fans. Implementing this simple tool, keeps the cattle anywhere from 10-20 degrees F cooler than the outside temperature during the hot seasons.
The third method is the slow feeding method. These cattle are fed for an average of 600 days on a high efficiency grain diet. Most U.S. wagyu is fed for an average of 300 days. We are doubling that amount of time in order to achieve our desired results. We call this the slow feeding method which mimics the feeding styles of Japan. With the slow feeding method, the cattle are better able to produce intramuscular fat in their muscles, instead of outside body fat that results from feeding them quicker. Also, with the slow method the cattle are less stressed since they are not overfed just to gain weight.
These cattle are raised about 2 hours by car away from the slaughter plant which further decreases stress and resources to provide the best possible beef. Their age at slaughter is between 29-32 months and are a mix of steers and heifers.
SPB Washugyu comes from American- bred cattle, using a custom Japanese program that carefully selects superior genetic traits (Tajima Wagyu), cross breeding them with the finest Black Angus cattle. They are raised on a strict feeding program, using the highest quality feed available in the market. We achieved this by recruiting one of the most experienced Japanese Wagyu Breeder/feeder, a man with decades of experience and knowledge, who has come over to the U.S. to develop and monitor these programs.
Since the breeding, feeding and rearing of Wagyu cattle are a closely guarded secret—even in Japan—this knowledge has not been available in the United States, until now. Using this knowledge, and superior feeding programs, we produce a superior product. Beef with marbling and flavor that surpasses any other domestically-produced Wagyu beef currently available in the United States. Unlike U.S. domestic beef, 90% of our Wagyu beef is graded Prime and has a USDA Beef Marble Score (BMS) between of 9 and 10.