The winner of the first ever World Steak Challenge was Frank Albers of Albers GMBH, Australia. He is pictured with GMN editor Rod Addy (left) and the producer from Jack's Creek, NSW
Albers GMBH has announced the world’s best steak producer with a Wagyu cross reared in Australia.
The winning steak was from an animal bred on Willow Tree Farm by Jack’s Creek and was entered into the competition by Albers GMBH from Dusseldorf, Germany.
The global challenge, which recognises Gold and Silver Medal steak quality, is presented by Global Meat News. The winners were announced before an audience of 150 invited guests in London’s Hyde Park on October 15th after a day of intensive judging.
Entries in the first ever World Steak Challenge were received from 10 countries, seven of them securing Gold medals. They are Australia (four gold medals), Canada (one), England (two), Japan (one), Northern Ireland (one), Scotland (one), USA (one).
The expert international judging panel shortlisted 11 gold medal award winning steaks from a long list of 70. There are also 17 silver medal winners.
Announcing the overall winner, Global Meat News Editor Rod Addy said: “Whilst the standard of steak was by no means tough, the judging process definitely was. It was a very difficult decision, but our congratulations go to Albers for the Wagyu cross.”
“Whilst the standard of steak was by no means tough, the judging process definitely was. It was a very difficult decision, but our congratulations go to Albers for the Wagyu cross.”Frank Albers, owner of Albers GmbhFrank Albers, owner of Albers Gmbh said: “It has been quite a journey and is the culmination of 15 years seeking steak perfection. The steak we entered was quite unique. Our Wagyu contains just the right amount of marbling and is very heat resistant which helps when cooking.”
The winning steak was 30 months old and 450 days grain fed.
Chair of the judges, award-winning Northern Ireland butcher George McCartney said: “It was a very difficult decision, but this competition is very good for the steak industry and the beef industry in general. We saw quite a lot of Angus amongst the Gold winners.”
The 11 gold medal winning steaks are:
World’s Best Steak – Jack’s Creek Wagyu Angus cross, 450 days grain fed, entered by Albers GMBH.
Branded Beef, Brisbane – 24 months old Wagyu Cross. Raised on grass, finished on grain.
Whyalla Farm, Queensland – 22 months Black Angus, 200 day grain fed. Entered by Jan Zandbergen b.v (Netherlands).
Rangers Valley Cattle Station – 27 months Angus grain fed raised in Inverell, New South Wales.
One Earth Farms Corp - 16 months Angus. Range raised, grain finished with barley and Barley silage
Flat Iron Farm, Thirsk, Yorkshire – 46 months Pure Bred Dexter, raised for three summers on grass then barley, sugar wheat silage. Entered by Flat Iron, Soho.
Blade Farming, Somerset – 21 months Aberdeen Angus Cross, raised on grass haylage, rye grass/white clover mix pasture, grassed on perennial rye grass/red clover/Lucerne silage (alfalfa). Entered by Miller and Carter (Mitchells and Butlers plc).
Kato Farm - 28 months Japanese Black Wagyu. Grass/grain fed. Entered by Nice to Meat.
Mr H Millar – 29 months shorthorn, raised on grass, Entered by Hannan Meats.
J Thompson – 18 months Aberdeen Angus raised on straw,oats, pot ale syrup and maise mill. Entered by Scotbeef Ltd.
Eleven Mill Iron Ranch, Sumner, Nebraska – 20 months Black Angus. Milk raised until eight months, pasture grazed nine months (alfalfa, wild grasses) and grain finished (corn, distillers grains, silage, alfalfa).
The World Steak Challenge is presented by Global Meat News, part of William Reed Business Media, the company behind the acclaimed World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and The International Wine Challenge.
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Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat
Grass Fed vs Grain Fed
Which is better?
Beef that has high Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) have positive health benefits as well as being identified by taste tests with more juiciness, tenderness and flavour. It is well documented that Wagyu has high levels of MUFA.
Beef that is high MUFA also has a lower melting point than that of Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA). Melting points of fat is important as it effects the perception of Juiciness in beef. It is now known that if you depress the Stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) gene by pasture feeding cattle it can decrease the synthesis of MUFA.
So if you want to promote marbling in beef which will improve the healthfulness and juiciness by promoting the production of oleic acid in marbling and other fat depots, you will be better off by grain feeding them rather than grass feeding them. For more detailed information please read the paper by Stephen Smith for Texas A & M University on Marbling.Current Breeding Programs at Kuro Kin Wagyu
In Australian feed lots that feed Wagyu, one of the biggest issues they face is feedlot space. Currently at Kuro Kin Wagyu 140 Fullblood females have recently been AI’d to leading genetics in our autumn program.
The fundamentals behind our breeding principles are:
• Growth (and now sourcing genetics with known Residual Feed Intake)
• Diversity with low inbreeding coefficients
• Minimal genetic diseases
These fundamental principles we believe are addressing the requirements for Australian feedlots that are feeding crossbred and Fullblood Wagyu today and into the future.
See some of the evidence below of our breeding principles: There are three types of heifers the same age - pink tags are Fullblood Wagyu; yellow tag (middle heifer) Angus; and orange tag (background) F1.Feed lot data critical for genetic evaluation
Thanks to the generous donation of feedback data from feedlots we supply, we have been able to collate over 4000 records of Kuro Kin Wagyu carcase performance data.
This data has been used by Kuro Kin Wagyu for the last 6 years to determine our genetic selection process. The Australian Wagyu Association also uses this data in the Wagyu Collaborative Genetics Research Project.
We invite all of our clients to send us your feedback on bulls supplied by Kuro Kin Wagyu. This information will be treated confidentially and will be submitted (with permission) to Wagyu Breedplan.Visit our website: www.kurokinwagyu.com.au
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Kuro Kin Wagyu Bulls break Australian records for the second week in a row on Auctions Plus @ $5.86/kg Live!
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In a niche cattle market segment which has traditionally been dominated by well-established direct-consignment selling relationships, the benefits of auction competition have been clearly evident over the past three weeks with a series of red-hot record prices being set for Wagyu F1 weaners on AuctionsPlus. What’s driving it?
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$9000 was paid for lot 1 Kuro Kin Hirashige Tayasu J77 at the 2015 World Wagyu conference auction at Yeppoon earlier this month. Ralph and Beverly Rae of "Mirtna" Station Charters Towers secured the stud sire prospect for their large Wagyu breeding operation in Northern Queensland. The price paid is the highest ever achieved for live cattle in the Australian Wagyu Associations held auctions to date.
KKWFJ0077 is being offered for sale this Saturday at 1.15pm at the World Wagyu Conference in Yeppoon via Auctions plus. (click here for catalogue) This bulls pedigree has direct linkage to the best performing females in the Wagyu Breed according to the latest Wagyu Group breed-plan run. Kuro Kin females are the highest ranking females for Marble fineness (+5.7), 2nd in the breed for Marble Score (+2.3) and third in the breed for Fullblood Terminal index (+$595). We are finding that these figures are being confirmed by our own kill data collected over 13 years of production. Peter jnr will be at Yeppoon or you can contact him on 0429454189.
On the 9th of May at the Australian Wagyu Conference in Yeppoon QLD, Kuro Kin Wagyu is offering our up and coming Stud Sire KURO KIN HIRASHIGE TAYASU J77 at the 2nd Annual Wagyu Fullblood 100% online auction. The sale will run from 1.15pm live at the conference and on auctions plus.
Peter Bishop is the principal of Kuro Kin Wagyu. Kuro Kin Wagyu has had considerable success over the past 17 years, selling progeny to Japan, New Zealand, Western Australia, far North Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.