Could feeding chocolate to cows make for better tasting beef?
Wagyu beef is the champagne of the meat world. The prime cut, if you will.
Thanks to its high percentage of quality fat, the beef has a distinct marbled appearance and is flavoursome, juicy and much sought-after.
It’s also incredibly expensive, the name ‘wagyu’ now allowing chefs to charge a premium. Quality, however, can’t always be guaranteed.
But one farmer in Australia claims he has found a unique way of ensuring his wagyu beef is the best: feeding his cows chocolate.
Scott de Bruin, managing partner at Mayura Station Farm in southern Australia has been feeding his herd chocolate for 10 years because he was struggling to find the right feed for the cattle in his remote location.
The cattle don’t eat just chocolate though - the sweet treat is mixed into de Bruin’s own feed mix. He devised the mix making sure it would provide the cows with the right nutrients, and the key ingredient is Cadbury’s chocolate.
When the calves are 30 months old, de Bruin introduces chocolate to their diet and increases the quantity as they near the end of their lives.
Making the cows’ diet so high-calorie results in beef with lots of marbling. “Think about it. If you eat a lot of chocolate, you’re probably marbled really well,” de Bruin told Munchies.