Welcome to Wagyu International
This website has been a detailed source of information on the Wagyu breed of cattle for Wagyu breeders and the inquisitive public since posting in March 2013. The history in more than thirty countries is outlined. Wagyu's origins have been traced to the fourth eurochs in north-east Asia between four to five thousand years ago. For 2,000 years they were beasts of burden in Japan but they have only become renowned in comparatively recent time for excellence in cuisine. Fewer than 200 Wagyu bulls and cows were exported to USA in the narrow window between 1993 and 1997. After quarantine, some dispersed to Canada and Australia and a phase of consolidation took place in those countries. Over the last ten years they have migrated extensively to all continents. The excellence of Wagyu beef is unrivalled in Japan and remains the envy of the world.
The proud history in Japan where each breeder nurtured their animals like family members is shared. The Wagyu breeds are described, and production in Japan, USA and Australia is reviewed. The entrepreneurs who introduced Wagyu genetics from USA and Australia around the globe are described.
The migration of Wagyu has been possible through the use of frozen embryos and semen. Trade is ongoing to maintain diversity and there are health restrictions between countries. For the first time ever, tables are displayed which show which bulls and donor cows have been accredited for export to specific countries around the globe. Instead of only seeing where Wagyu genetics comes from, the options available to be used within each country is shown. View on the "Semen and embryos" page and from there, click on links to each animal and supplier.