BMS CHART - Beef Marbling Standard scale used in the beef industry to grade the quality of beef. A5 beef is typically in the 10-12 zone, Wodagyu’s meat is around 7-9, while USDA prime lies in the 2-3 zone.
Marbling is the soft white intramuscular fat cells that are distributed throughout lean red meat. More Marbling means more flavor and a juicier texture. It isn’t chewy but rather has a silky texture.
There are only around 30,000 wagyu cattle in the US today! That equates to about 0.029% of the entire cattle population! Although The American Wagyu Association estimates that there are 30,000 Wagyu-influenced cattle in America, due to crossbreeding, fewer than 5,000 are 100% Full-blooded Wagyu. In 1997 Japan banned the exportation of these prized cows deeming them a “ living national treasure”. The ban remained in place until the early 2000s and is the main reason Wagyu beef is viewed as a rarity today.