Before we go onto who we are, it is important to understand exactly what the Wagyu breed is and where it comes from.
Let’s start with a short history lesson. Some evidence shows that the Wagyu genetic strain goes as far as 35 000 years back. So, a long, long time ago this breed of cattle was used as “work” animals in the agricultural sector in Japan due to their ability to physically endure. The reason being the amount of fat cells they have in their muscles – this is a source of readily available energy. Today we refer to these fat cells as “marbling”. Wagyu’s are either black or red in colour, and they are naturally horned. Loosely translated from Japanese, the word Wagyu means Japanese cow.
These fat cells, or marbling, that can be seen in Wagyu meat is what makes it so special. When cooking the meat, the marbling (fat cells) is absorbed by the muscle giving it its unique flavour and tenderness. This meat has a texture like no other – it simply melts in your mouth, making it different from any other.
Now you might ask, how we decided to start breeding with these special animals. The answer is quite simple. We saw an opportunity, and after doing a bit of homework we could simply not resist being part of it – so we jumped straight in, head first!
Then came the most important part, we had to pick a name for this new venture of ours. Any good business needs a name that stands out, but this is easier said than done. After long conversations, late night internet searches and throwing around different options that just never fit, we stumbled across the right one! Translated from the Xhosa language, Ebuhlanti means kraal, and every good farmer knows that there is no way you can have cattle without a kraal!
Today we pride ourselves as a breeder of prime red and black Wagyu genetics – our “cattle with a difference”. Situated close to the small town of Marble Hall in the beautiful Limpopo province, our pride and joy roams in the African bush. Believe us when we say, there is nothing better than an African sunset in the background while looking upon little Wagyu calves playing one last time before they settle in for the night.