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Wagyu, American Kobe

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During the second century A.D., a legendary breed of cattle–called Wagyu– were brought from their home on the Asian mainland to a new life in Japan. The breed was refined in the Kobe region of Japan over hundreds of generations and has become famous around the world for its intense flavor and supreme tenderness. This ancient breed from Japan is the foundation for the premium quality of SNAKE RIVER FARMS American Wagyu Beef.
Family owned and operated, SNAKE RIVER FARMS works with farmers and ranchers with a similar philosophy for producing the highest quality. SNAKE RIVER FARMS crosses its premiere Japanese Wagyu cattle with Black Angus cattle to create American Wagyu Beef. Often called American Kobe Beef, the proprietary herd has developed into one of the most highly regarded groups of Wagyu/Angus crossed cattle in the world. SNAKE RIVER FARMS believes in sustaining family owned farms and ranches by rewarding the efforts of producers that embrace the exacting standards required to raise the finest livestock. The premium quality of SNAKE RIVER FARMS is a result of the dedication, hard work and coordinated efforts of the finest producers in the nation.
SNAKE RIVER FARMS cattle are raised along the high plain of the Snake River in Eastern Idaho. In order to raise 100% natural beef, SNAKE RIVER FARMS has adopted many aspects of the heritage-steeped Japanese feeding method, including a slow-paced and sustainable diet that includes Idaho potatoes, soft white wheat, corn and alfalfa hay. SNAKE RIVER FARMS does not cut corners by using growth promoting hormones or animal by-products in the feed. Our American Wagyu Beef cattle grow slowly, a process that can take up to four times as long as traditional U.S. cattle production methods.
The beauty of SNAKE RIVER FARMS American Wagyu Beef is its simplicity. It has been raised from the finest stock in the best environment for an intense and succulent beef flavor to be savored and enjoyed. This delicious beef offers positive nutritional benefits as well. Wagyu cattle are genetically predisposed to a higher percentage of unsaturated fat – more than any other breed.

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Western United States


Eastern Idaho


Snake River Farms

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