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How do you pronounce Wagyu?

The correct pronunciation of the word Wagyu is ‘Wah-gyu’, however it is also commonly pronounced as ‘Wag-you’.

What is Wagyu?

Wagyu is a heritage Japanese cattle breed. The word Wagyu (和牛) is made up of of ‘wa’ meaning ‘Japanese’, and ‘gyu’ meaning ‘beef’. Wagyu is renowned for its intense marbling and rich flavour.

Where are your Wagyu cattle born and raised?

Black Origin Wagyu cattle are all born in New Zealand, and grazed for their first two years on farms all around the country. Once they are finished grazing, all our Wagyu cattle are finished on grain at our at our carefully controlled, state-of-the-art barn in Rakaia.

What do you feed your Wagyu cattle?

Our Black Origin Wagyu cattle graze for their first 2 years, then slowly transition onto a grain diet for the next 420 days. Their diet has been carefully designed to encourage marbling and flavour within the meat, and the grain they are fed consists of a bespoke mixture designed by Japanese Wagyu experts.

Why is your Wagyu sent frozen rather than fresh?

Due to the perishable nature of our products, we ship all our Wagyu frozen (excluding our bacon and biersticks, which are sent chilled, and our jerky, which is shelf-stable).

Freezing our Wagyu stops the natural enzymes present from deteriorating its quality, as happens slowly over time with all chilled meat. 

The freezing process also limits the growth of bacteria and microbes, reducing the likelihood of any foodborne pathogens developing.

Freezing our Wagyu makes it safer for us to get to you.

How much is shipping?

Shipping rates vary based on location and are calculated at checkout:

  • Local (Most of Christchurch): $7.50
  • Local (Christchurch + surrounding towns e.g. Rangiora): $7.50
  • One Sector (Rest of Canterbury): $10.00
  • Two Sector (Rest of South Island): $15.00
  • Island to Island (North Island): $25.00