Meet Bob, the man who runs the Ranch and inspired the vision of Lone Mountain Wagyu.
Originally from New Mexico, Robert (Bob) Estrin built a career as an acclaimed Hollywood film editor for classic films including A River Runs Through It, Badlands, and The Candidate. In the mid-90's, Bob and his wife Mary inherited Lone Mountain Ranch, the conventional cattle operation that had been in Mary's family since 1965. Bob settled into his role as head of the Ranch, spending much of his time back in his peaceful homeland with his wife and kids.
After being blown away by his first taste of Wagyu Beef at a Santa Monica restaurant in 2004, Bob was captivated by this delicacy and knew the future of the family business lay on his plate. He spent years immersing himself in everything he could about this majestic breed - traveling to Japan, studying historical texts, and meeting with Ranchers around the country and abroad that shared his interests.
Just a year later, in 2005, Bob purchased his first two Wagyu cattle. Within three years he had transitioned the entire herd to 100% Fullblood Wagyu. From the beginning, Bob made the decision to develop a herd that was authentic and true to its Japanese heritage, never crossbreeding and maintaining strict documentation on his herd's lineage.
Bob is recognized as a thought leader in the US Wagyu industry. He served as President of the American Wagyu Association in 2011. In 2014 Western Cowman published Bob's 2012 Excursion to Japan, a Personal Journal by Bob Estrin through a series of articles. He is currently translating the definitive text (roughly translated as) The 100 Greatest Wagyu of Japan, in efforts to educate the industry on the history of Wagyu and its future in America. He is extremely committed to the science, tradition, and craft of humanely raising the highest quality Wagyu.
Bob now splits his time between the Ranch in New Mexico and his home in Los Angeles.