SINGLE ORIGIN FARM
A5 BMS 12 JAPANESE WAGYU
In Japan's wagyu world, one farmer stands out as perhaps the epitome of shokunin — Akio Kato of Kato Wagyu, located in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture. "Shokunin" is a Japanese word without a direct English translation — the closest is "craftsman" or "master of one's profession." But these simplistic translations fail to capture a deeper devotion and dedication, sometimes lifelong, to reach a certain perfect command over one's area of expertise. Akio Kato’s shokunin spirit and dogged pursuit perfection has earned him over 100 awards for his farm, including National Farm of the Year. Read more
No doubt due in part to his shokunin dedication to his craft, Akio Kato practices high levels of quality control almost unheard of in Japan or anywhere in the world. Kato grows his own corn, used to feed his heard, and attained the expertise and licenses to run his own breeding programs at his farm. This program has allowed him to develop the genetics and quality of his wagyu over many years — which started with his father, Tsutomu Kato, just after World War II in 1946.
Kato Farm produces A5 Wagyu, including BMS 12 — the very highest grade and quality of beef in the world, representing only .01% of the supply. Exclusively at Crowd Cow, A5 BMS 12 cuts are available in limited quantities in all steaks, including Ribeye, Striploin, Tenderloin, Zabuton (Denver) and Chuck Eye, offering unearthly levels of marbling and incredible melt-in-your-mouth tenderness that you won’t find anywhere else.