As our customers know, Lone Mountain Ranch is unique in that we raise 100% Fullblood Wagyu cattle, a breed derived from Japan, domestically in the United States. So unique, in fact, that there are only a handful of other ranches and farms across the country that also breed these animals. These ranches span across the better part of the country; from Vermont to Indiana, Florida to Texas, Kentucky to Montana, and of course, New Mexico. Nine such ranches, including Lone Mountain, have been dubbed “America’s Wagyu Trail,” the hypothetical trail connecting ranches and farms that produce Wagyu cattle and beef in the United States.
In 2013, J. Robert Britton and Steve Penhollow highlighted these nine Wagyu-producing ranches in their definitive guide, “America’s Wagyu Trail.” The guide focuses on several different aspects of these ranches and farms; from the challenges owners and ranchers face producing this type of beef, to what their hopes are for the future of Wagyu in the United States. “America’s Wagyu Trail” also explains the importance of Wagyu cattle and beef and it’s place in the meat industry, both throughout history and in the present.
With the help of “America’s Wagyu Trail,” domestic Wagyu-breeding ranches have been put on the map as important staples for the future of the American beef industry. The hard work and extreme care that each of these ranches puts into raising their cattle is being met with appreciation and praise, and will soon become the standard for cattle and beef produced in the United States. So do us a favor as consumers, and expect more from your beef!
To learn more about “America’s Wagyu Trail,” check out www.wagyutrail.com