Wagyu Ibérico is a family business with a farming tradition located in the north of Cáceres (Extremadura), in the foothills of Santibáñez el Alto, on the banks of the Borbollón reservoir.

In our pastures we dedicate ourselves to the breeding and fattening of the animals, trying to interfere as little as possible in their daily lives. They are only disturbed for official sanitation, weaning of the calves, the identification of the calves at the time of birth and health treatments.

Wagyu en Dehesa

With the desire to improve, we have perfected the quality of the meat from our animals, undertaking on different projects with great illusion. In 2006, we became the first cattle farm in Spain to have our own beef labelling specifications and the only one to certify 100% of the animals on the farm, approved by the Junta de Extremadura and audited by CERTICAR in accordance with European Union regulations.

In 2013 the specification was extended and the denomination Wagyu Ibérico was incorporated, referring to animals with a minimum of 50% Wagyu genetics. At that time we were the only pliego in Spain and possibly in the whole of Europe to certify that it had wagyu genetics, being audited again by CERTICAR.

We also obtained the McDonald’s Flashingfarm Europe title, being the only Spanish farm with this mention and one of the 5 in Europe. Here you can see the quality of animals life, the way we work and integrate with the rural society where we are located.

Tomahawk de Wagyu

In 2014 we obtained Halal certification from Halala Tayeban, in 2015 we extended our labelling specifications to the meat processing (sausages or hamburgers) and in 2016 we obtained DEHESA BY PEFC certification.

OUR PROJECT

Wagyu Ibérico

Our most important project is the Iberian Wagyu, which began in 2011, when we noticed the loss of hardiness in our livestock, wanting to return to our origins, the Morucha breed. In response, we suggested the possibility of introducing a Japanese breed, with high intramuscular infiltration. After its viability studying, we began to introduce it in our livestock in 2012.

We found that it was a breed with a good capacity to adapt to our pasture and we decided to cross the wagyu stallion with cross of morucha, limusin and charoles breeds, in grades f1, f2 and f3. Seeing the great increase of the quality, we decided to make an exclusive line for Iberian wagyu and not use it only to improve the quality or rusticity of our livestock, extending the project to the production of high quality meat.

Later, we introduced more breeds of cows into the project: Wagyu f1 born and bred in our pasture; Morucha; Cachena from Galicia, which is in danger of extinction; Limusín; Charolés; Casinas from Asturias; Berrenda; Blanca cacereña; Angus; Galloway and Highland.

Nowadays we continue to see how wagyu genetics works in the different breeds, as each of these tests, from the time of the mother’s pregnancy, takes a minimum of 30 months to verify the final results.

We have succeeded to produce top quality meat, with a high level of intramuscular infiltration, tenderness, depth of flavour and colour of the meat and fat. All of this is certified with our quality brand Wagyu Ibérico, with crosses of the Wagyu breed, the Morucha and breeds of meat aptitude (Limusín or Charolés).

This is a joint project where we have changed different premises of farm management:

  • Use of professional means of production.
  • Making the most of dehesa lands.
  • Creation of different and differentiating products.
  • Seek the recognition of the high quality dehesa products.

For the professionalisation of the means of production, we want our employees to be trained for the new developments, also taking advantage of their knowledge of the traditional management of the Dehesa. We have also adapted equipment used in other sectors of agriculture and livestock farming to improve our work. An example of this is the collection and distribution of feed.

We not only seek our own benefit, also help through the associations to which we belong to contribute to the evolution of our environment. Some of these associations are:

  • Livestock Association 2008 (Asociación de Ganaderos 2008)
  • National Dehesa Federation (Federación Nacional de la Dehesa)
  • Spanish Wagyu Association (Asociación Wagyu de España, or AWE)
  • Sierra de Gata Regional Association (Asociación Somos Sierra de Gata)

In short, what we want to achieve is the management of our farm with economic viability in the short, medium and long term and the fusion of innovation and tradition in the use of the dehesa while we enjoy this spectacular environment.