Marbling score, meat and fat colour, eye muscle area, texture and firmness may all be assessed. In due course it is anticipated that the WBA will roll out a grading system using elements of the AusMeat and/or Japanese system as a base.
Wagyu or Wagyu-sired animals may be scanned by a WBA-approved scanner for fat (rump fat and rib fat), eye muscle as well as marbling. Results come in the form of raw data (printout) which can be fed into the ABRI performance-recording model as required. Scanning can be arranged by the WBA at an all-in cost for the above of £225 + VAT for up to 25 animals. Additional animals are charged on a pro-rata basis.