Every now and again, you hear of someone who is trying something different and it catches your ear. The talk of a butcher somewhere in Cork buying 500 Wagyu straws in order to develop a supply of Wagyu-cross animals for his business caught my ear.

The direct translation of Wagyu is Japanese cow and they are known for delivering intensely marbled beef. It wasn’t long before curiosity got the better of me and I arranged to meet with Michael Twomey, the man behind the Wagyu demand.