Our pedigree full-blood Wagyu & Wagyu Cross herd here on the Worstead Estate in North Norfolk are slow grown on our lush pastures with high welfare standards.
Established by the estate following the dispersal sale of the farm’s pedigree dairy herd in 2016, the cattle are managed with accuracy, respect and distinction for the welfare of our animals. Blending new technologies & research with traditional animal husbandry we aim to create sustainable, ethical and quality Wagyu beef.
Nestled in the stunning North Norfolk countryside, the Worstead Estate offers productive soils that yield lush grazing pastures & Winter forage for our herd. Low energy feed is a vital part of raising premium Wagyu beef, our grass leys and forage mixes are tailored for the cattle’s needs and supplemented with key natural vitamins & minerals.
To strengthen the marbling we have created a stress free housing environment and the animals are handled with the care, precise record keeping & full supply chain traceability.
Originating from Japan, farmers selected Wagyu for their physical endurance to work the land as draft animals. Tajima Wagyu animals are one of the most highly regarded bloodlines and have outstanding genetic excellence.
Although small in frame Wagyu have large forequarters, quiet temperament, ease of calving and slower growth rates than traditional breeds. This combination gives rise to the world famous Wagyu beef, with rich tender flavor, fine buttery texture and high marbling.
This delectable meat also contains a higher percentage of mono-unsaturated fats, omega-3 & 6 fatty acids than any other kind of beef. Never has anything so tasty been so healthy
Data has been collected from various studies around the world, including Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association, Texas A&M University, Washington State University and the School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in Australia illustrating the following health benefits.
As well as Wagyu beef being one of the best sources of vitamin B, iron, and essential amino acids, it has been shown to have more saturated and mono-unsaturated fatty acids than chicken & salmon and much lower polyunsaturated fatty acids. Grass feeding our cattle can increase unsaturated fats, trans fats, and saturated fatty acids including omega 3 & 6.
However, the mono-unsaturated to saturated fatty acid ratio is up to 3 times higher in Wagyu than other beef breeds and up to 40% of saturated fats in Wagyu is in a version called stearic acid. This stearic acid is regarded as having minimal impact in raising cholesterol levels.
Research indicates that mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are either lower or neutral to total cholesterol levels, while increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, or good cholesterol. Medical experts report that HDL tends to deliver cholesterol away from the arteries, to the liver where the body can get rid of it.
Wagyu beef is also an effective source of Essential Fatty acids such as Omega 3 (Linolenic Acid), as well as containing 30% more Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid) than other breeds.
Omega 3, the same compound found in nuts, olive oils and fish that give them their health benefits, has been found to protect against heart disease, arthiritis, depression, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, and act as and anti-carcinogen.
Omega 6 has been shown to prevent numerous kinds of cancers, while also reducing low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels and triglycerides
Legend has it that Japanese Wagyu cattle were fed beer to as part of their diet. This was to increase their feed intakes throughout the hot weather. We have teamed up with local producers WildCraft Brewery & Raider Cider in finding a solution to their left over by-products and our cattle couldn’t be happier on their grains & pumice.
Unlike the feeding diets in Japan, we prefer our animals to enjoy as much of natural tucker as possible. Our forage & grazing pastures are managed in just as much detail as our arable crops. The soil, plants & animals share a symbiotic relationship we look to ensure quality is maintained in all three with a scheduled sampling & testing regime.
As with the diet, our animals are precisely weighed, measured and scored every month by our trained and experienced staff. They ensure the wellbeing of our livestock and that they are performing well, in a healthy state and calm when being handled.
As well as the British standard grading, we look at the Japanese methods as well to grade for quality, texture, marbling and fat content.
- 12 grades of marbling
- 7 grades of meat colour
- 7 grades of fat colour
- 5 grades of meat texture
N.B. A marbling increase of 5% equates to an increase in grade by one point
- Pasture – On Farm
- Forage – On Farm
- Staff – On Farm
- Protein Feeds – 45miles
- Mineral Buckets – 2.3miles
- Westover Vets – 8.4miles
- WildCraft Brewery – 6.8miles
- Raider Cider – 10miles
- HG Blake – 15miles (RSPCA approved)
- Graves – 20miles
Red Tractor Assurance Approved