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Scottish farm to make Japanese Wagyu beef

Martine Altajir with Thor the bull on Blackford Farm, where they will produce Japanese Wagyu beef. Picture: PA

Martine Altajir with Thor the bull on Blackford Farm, where they will produce Japanese Wagyu beef. Picture: PA

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A Scottish farm is aiming to become Europe’s largest producer of the world’s most expensive beef.

Highland Wagyu, based on a Perthshire farm, bought a 300-strong herd of the Japanese breed, famous for a meat which the owners say can fetch up to £250 a kilo.

Owners Mohsin and Martine Altajir, from Blackford Farms, said the new herd will join their own “McWagyu” animals next week. The herd is expected to grow to about 1,500 by the end of next year.

Mr Altajir said: “I believe that Wagyu is the best beef in the world and the future of the beef industry in this country.

“We will make Scotland the Wagyu centre of Europe.”

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