They say 60% of Wagyu quality comes from genetics and 40% from how they are raised. Our mission is to produce the purest, highest quality Wagyu in the U.S. and we achieve this by paying careful attention to breeding and genetics, to feeding rations, and to creating a stress free environment.
Following suit from Japanese tradition, we have developed our herd by breeding various strains of Japanese Black Wagyu together to optimize for the highest quality offspring. Selective, careful breeding. For example, we combine the Tajima strain (Black Wagyu acclaimed for intense marbling) with Shimane or Fujiyoshi strains (Black Wagyu that tend to be larger in size), resulting in highly marbled, strong, healthy cattle. All of our cattle are DNA-Certified 100% Fullblood Wagyu—never crossbred—for the most authentic genetics possible.
Our cattle are pasture-raised, supplemented with a traditional corn-free blend of grain to cultivate marbling, developed specifically for Wagyu. We implement slow-feeding, allowing the cows to gain weight at a steady and natural pace over 500-600 days, rather than induce rapid weight gain like conventional operations. This is for the best treatment of the animals and also creates a delicate and even marbling.
Creating a stress-free environment is critical for Wagyu and has been identified as a key element in developing marbling, as well as being what’s best for the animals’ care. There are many factors that stress animals, including weather, handling, fear, physical surroundings, and changes in feed. We do our best to mitigate stress to our herd, offering our cattle the utmost individual care and attention. Happy cows = healthy cows!
Humane Animal Treatment
Our entire operation is dedicated to holistic animal care. We treat our animals with kindness and respect at all times. They spend their days on the Ranch roaming our pastures before moving to our Certified Humane feedlot partner. They are never administered hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics.
Sustainability is an important value to us at Lone Mountain Wagyu. We are committed to sustainable ranching principals including:
Rotational Pasture System to perpetuate our ranchland ecosystem and diversity
Single 64-acre irrigated pasture for intensive grazing
Solar powered fences
Traditional windmill powered water drinkers
Supporting local farmers.
We strive to bring our Wagyu to you in a sustainable manner through eco-conscious packaging. Our Thermal Shipping Envelopes are foam-free, made with biodegradable cotton insulation and poly fill from recycled, purified cotton textiles, sent via carbon neutral shipping.