Kobe Beef Supreme Quality
strict classification standards
No cow comes into this world and begins its life as Kobe Beef. Even among "Tagima-gyu" cows, only the chosen few that satisfy specific quality criteria deserve the title "Kobe Beef".
Breeding of Calves
Calves of Tajima-gyu lineage born at breeding farms (designated producers) in Hyogo Prefecture are first registered in a cattle lineage register. They are then assigned an ear tag marked with a 10-digit individual ID number. The role of a breeding farm is to decide which bloodline calves should be bred by, find new improved matting patterns, and raise healthy calves to the age of nine months.
Feeding of Cattle
Calves put on show in the calf livestock market are brought by feeding farms (Designated producers) and are raised in a stress-free and healthy environment. Much love, labor and time is devoted in raising these calves. They are fed only the very best feed - rice straw, maize, barley and other cereals - and are given only fresh, clean water to drink. Their meat matures to an ideal quality and texture from the minimum age of 28 months upwards and at an average age of 32 months.
Only bullocks of virgin Tajima cows, in particular, that satisfy the following carcass grading and other conditions are entitled to be called "Kobe beef":
- BMS (marbling index) No.6 or higher
- Proportion of edible parts (yield score) A or B
- Gross carcass weight of 470 kg or less
- Fine meat texture and excellent firmness