Belgrade, MT, Dec 17, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development congratulated Montana Wagyu Cattle Company of Belgrade, Mont. on the debut of their new marketplace website at www.montanasbestkobebeef.com. Rancher Rick Woienski raises, finishes, and dry-ages American-style kobe beef at his Gallatin Valley ranch, and now sells the product to a worldwide audience via the Internet thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Value-Added Producer Grant Program provides funding to producers who seek to market their products directly to the consumer, and can be used for marketing strategies and implementation such as website development. Matthew Jones, Montana State Director for USDA Rural Development said "This is exactly the type of project we want to support through our Value-Added Producer Grant program. Montana Waygu takes their Montana-grown product, and makes that top-quality product available to consumers around the nation and the world. We can support a small business and help cycle more dollars into the local community with this small investment. We're proud to be a part of Montana Waygu's future."
On their website, Woienski details why they are different and better than 97% of the beef available today:
"Our superior quality and service just don't happen but are planned from the start. All of our animals are source verified and ID tracked throughout the process. All of our beef is free of growth hormones and antibiotics. They are raised in a sustainable manner in Montana and during the finishing process we use whole grains and no by-products. But our concern with quality does not stop there.
I personally oversee that every animal is put down in a humane fashion in a USDA approved facility under the watchful eye of a USDA inspector. Then our beef is dry-aged for 28-30 days in a temperature and humidity controlled cooler. Finally, I oversee the actual processing and packing followed by a taste test of every carcass, the most enjoyable part of the process.
Every cut, from individual steak to a half of beef, is USDA inspected and stored in an approved facility and has a 100% guarantee from the Montana Wagyu Cattle Company. And I can say that for a fact, because I'm Rick and I own the company."
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure.