The principles of feeding Wagyu is to firstly ensure that genetic potential of the animal is met. Creep feeding from an early age ensures optimal skeletal growth. Wagyu’s are fed for longer periods, with the feed containing higher roughage percentage and low Vitamin A than in usual beef production. The animals should be able to utilize the bypass proteins and starch included in the feed. Make sure that the feed used promotes fat cell production to ensure increased marbling. Animals are fed to a higher carcass weight and are more mature at slaughter. It is preferred that no hormones or genetically modified materials are included in the feed.
With the genetic potential being the first principle, it is important to select form genetic pools that have top index and carcass values, with high accuracy.
Feeding will also differ between your specific production system, e.g. Stud Breeding, Cross Breeding and Finishing.