AUSTRALIA - Shiro Kin Fullblood Fullblood Wagyu, the flagship brand from Sydney based Andrews Meat Industries, was named the grand champion Wagyu brand before 250 guests at a glittering Gala Dinner during the 13th annual National Wagyu Conference at Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The win also heralded the entry into the Wagyu branded beef business of the world’s biggest beef producer, JBS, which recently acquired a majority holding in Andrews Meats.
The announcement followed a strenuous round of assessments involving panels of eight judges scoring the 27 entries for the sensory traits of raw visual appearance, tenderness, juiciness, flavour and overall liking for all classes except the Gourmet Sausage which had specific criteria.
In all 13 Gold medals were awarded; four in the Fullblood, seven in the Crossbred, one in the Pasture Fed and one in the Gourmet Sausage classes.
Shiro Kin’s grand champion entry was from a steer that spent 500 days at specialist Wagyu feedlot Macquarie Downs in southern Queensland.
It was described by the judging panel as “Spectacular molten bless! Very tender, good earthy caramel rich buttery flavours. Silky mouth feel with a savoury after taste. Crumbly in the mouth”.
A Japanese developed imaging camera used to generate carcase data for Wagyu Breedplan analysis, scanned the competition entries to ascertain the amount of marbling and the coarseness and fineness of that marbling plus eye muscle area.
The grand champion had the biggest eye muscle area in the competition of 103 sq cms along with 47% intramuscular fat (IMF), estimated to be well over the Australian maximum 9+ marble score which equates to 36% IMF. Three Fullblood and six Crossbred entries had 36% or more IMF indicating the were marble score 9 or higher.
The highest IMF score was 53% from another Macquarie Downs fed entry, Andrews Meats Tajima, in the Crossbred class.
The highest scoring entry in the Crossbred class which yielded seven Gold medals was Masterbeef exhibited by Hamblin Pty Ltd, Sarina, Qld.
In the Pasture Fed class, the top scoring Gold medal winner was an entry from Goorambat Wagyu in north east Victoria. This year the Pasture Fed criteria was changed with more points for flavour and less for raw visual and tenderness.
In the Gourmet Wagyu Sausage section, Andrews Meats took out the championship with its Gold medal winning Wagyu & Spanish Onion Jan entry.
Pictured above from left the feeders Anthony and Chantal Winter of Macquarie Downs Feedlot, Leyburn, in southern Queensland and Andrews Meats Jeremy Stuart and Kylie Schuller.
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