Most Wagyu in Japan are slaughtered at around 28 months, but Mr. Ozaki believes the flavour continues to improve as they mature, so he prefers to slaughter them when they're 28 to 36 months old.
The feeding and nurturing method is unique, too.
The feed for the cattle is mixed every morning and evening during an extremely labour-intensive process lasting two hours. It comprises 15 kinds of feed, such as grass from the meadow, moist barley mash (a by-product of beer brewing), maize, barley, and so forth, with no preservatives or antibiotics whatsoever.
The mature meat not only possesses a sublime texture, but is flavoursome with a sweetness that emerges as you chew. Its fat melts in the mouth and is easily digested, so you can eat a whole slab of beef without being overwhelmed by its richness.
Just 30 cattle per month, no doubt it is an unique and fantastic food!