The decision to go against the "norm" in comparison to conventional feedlots was one in which centered around our own families and what we were feeding our children. After researching several cattle breeds, we discovered Red Wagyu(Akaushi), and felt like we had hit a home-run. The combination of genetic health benefits with superior carcass traits, most notably marbling, was something we were excited about. The more we talked about it, the more we wanted to share the benefits with others. Thus, Skyview RII was born.
As you will see, this is not just another breed of cattle. These cattle were carefully and meticulously linebred (which is planned inbreeding) to create animals that would consistently produce super-Prime carcasses for the Japanese beef market, a specialty market which puts high monetary value on such things. Well-linebred cattle are some of the genetically cleanest cattle possible, and are more consistent in the traits they pass along to their offspring. Linebred populations produce an extremely consistent F1 offspring for slaughter. That is, in fact, the ultimate reason for F1 animals, if they come from consistently linebred parent lines. That is what you find in the original Akaushi cattle imported from Japan. The word Akaushi means red cow in Japanese. The Akaushi was introduced to the U.S. in 1994 when Dr. Antonio Calles (Washington State University) imported 8 cows and 3 bulls to the U.S. and used them for embryo transfers to increase their numbers. Today, the cattle genotype is so stable they can essentially reproduce themselves generation after generation. The unique flavor and fat profile of this meat is extraordinary. The scientific data on Akaushi beef shows it is higher in its ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats than the USDA standards measured in chicken and fish. It also sports a slightly higher amount of conjugated linoleic acid, known as CLA. It is very tender, very rich and yet somewhat delicate, especially for beef.