Marbling in Wagyu beef contributes markedly not only to tenderness and juiciness but importantly to taste. There is a real opportunity in South Africa for domestic producers to raise their herds to the level of quality beef that is growing in demand around the world including, South Africa. The mission on the South African Wagyu Society is to “Wagyu South Africa’s mission is to transform the South African beef industry to be highly profitable with consumers demanding and enjoying a premium eating experience. “. Simply put, we would like every South African to experience the magic that is Wagyu beef.
For the South African Wagyu producer there are financial benefits for producing a premium product. Despite a slow start in 2018-2020 significant premiums are now being paid by certain suppliers for Wagyu Slaughter Cattle with good marbling scores. Exports markets have been developed, the local retail sector is also selling Wagyu and Wagyu can now be found in many premium restaurants. A list of Certified Wagyu Beef Suppliers and producers can be found under the Database Search menu/ Member Search/ Select if “Member is a CWB Licensee”. Also read this interesting article Tasty premiums for Wagyu available | Mecardo that shows a significant premium for F1 Wagyu’s in Australia. Wagyu is now the third largest breed in that country.