If you’ve ever bitten into a perfectly dry-aged local rib-eye steak or an irresistibly marbled wagyu fillet, you’ll know what we mean when we say that the meat industry in Australia produces some of the best steak cuts in the world.
But don’t just take our word for it: here are four proven reasons why the quality of Australian meat is unmatched by any other region in the world.
1/ The quality is second to none
Australia produces some of the highest quality beef in the world. One of the biggest reasons for this is Meat & Livestock Australia’s Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program, which is designed to support our country’s agricultural industry in producing quality beef, and give consumers information about where they can find quality meat.
All MSA graded beef is labelled with an eating quality grade based on almost 800,000 taste tests by more than 114,000 consumers from 11 countries. This rating system ensures excellent quality of beef is maintained from paddock to plate.
2/ Australian beef is packed full of flavour (and nutrition)
In Australia, around 97% of cattle is grass fed thanks to our plentiful grazing pastures. Many steak aficionados prefer the taste of grass-fed beef as it tends to be more flavoursome and has a classic “meaty” profile. Grass-fed beef is also more nutritious than grain-fed beef as it has higher levels of omega-3 acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
But there’s plenty of great Australian steak to be found for lovers of buttery grain-fed beef, too. Many Australian cattle farmers – such as wagyu beef producers – finish their cattle on a grain diet to give the beef it’s signature melt-in-your-mouth texture and tenderness. So, if you’ve ever wondered, “What is wagyu beef and why does it taste so good?”, the answer is that it comes from cattle that have been grain fed for the last 300 – 650 days of production.
3/ Animal welfare is a top priority
Australia’s standards regarding animal welfare are some of the most stringent in the world. The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) developed a set of welfare standards in 2005, which are renewed every four years to ensure Australian cattle are treated as ethically and humanely as possible as they’re raised for the beef market.
Animal Health Australia has also produced the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle, which is being adopted by all Australian states and offers scientifically-backed guidelines for ensuring the welfare of cattle.
4/ We’re committed to environmental sustainability
Livestock emissions account for about 12% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Climate Change Research Program, the Australian Government is funding research to develop practical options to reduce emissions from livestock while maintaining quality standards.
As a result of ongoing research programs and improved production methods, Australian livestock emissions have been steadily declining since 1990, making the Australian beef industry one of the most sustainable in the world.
So come in and try our top-graded Australian beef at The Meat & Wine Co
At The Meat & Wine Co, our beef is the star of the show. Monte beef is our exclusively sourced line of Australian beef, raised under an advanced monitoring program to ensure the cattle are healthy and well looked after at all stages of production. The result? Some of the most delicious beef you’ll find in Australia (and the world).
So, what is the best steak cut in Australia for a true meat lover? See for yourself by booking a table at The Meat & Wine Co.