Our Practices

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clean Water

Water is the most essential nutrient for livestock production. It is important that Wagyu have access to continuously clean water to produce the highest marbling. Unclean water can reduce marbling by as much as 10-15%. We use Ritchie waterers that are easy to clean every week.


 

Rotational Grazing

The practice of moving our herd every 2-3 days to a new pasture is called Managed Intensive Rotational Grazing. The benefits are healthier pastures and no need to fertilize, as well as more rapid recovery of the grass to full height. Cow manure and urine are natural fertilizers and that is all we use, just as nature intended.

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Local Hay

Central Oregon produces some of the most nutrient rich hay anywhere, due to the high altitude, fresh air, cold nights, intense sun and rich volcanic soil. The hay we feed has a Relative Feed Value of 99%, as good as it gets. To support our farming community, we buy all our hay from local ranches.


 

Eliminate Stress

Stress is the number one factor for lack of marbling in Wagyu cattle. We maintain a calm environment, and use no ATV’s, drones, or horses to chase our cattle, very similar to Japanese Wagyu growers. We believe the biggest difference is that our cattle are born and spend their whole life on the ranch. We will never ship a single animal to a feed lot.

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caring for animals

Since we run a small, closed herd on one ranch we see our animals up close every day. We know them well and we never take short cuts in how they are cared for.

Sustainable ranching

Our key tenants in ranch operations are local, healthy, chemical free, and environmentally conscious. We practice raising cattle as close as possible to how nature intended.

 
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our methods

We follow the seasons of nature in our ranching; our cows have their calves in April when Spring has arrived and the pastures are coming in. Then the herd spends the summer on lush pasture until October when the days and nights turn too cold for the grass to grow. We store all local hay in our feed barns to provide the same nutrients throughout the winter. We also provide fresh straw bedding for the cold winter months.

What we believe

We believe animals are the healthiest when we ranch in unison with the way nature intended; which means feeding the cattle grasses, allowing time for natural growth and development, maintaining high quality feed, and eliminating stress in their environment.

 

The way nature intended it.

Nature created cows to eat grass, not a heavy starch grain diet. That is why cows have four stomachs, and are able to turn grass grown from the sun’s energy into delicious beef. A normal cow has a healthy pH7 balance in their system, but when fed a heavy grain diet their system drops to a highly acidic Ph balance leading to stomach fermentation that can make the animal sick and require antibiotics. Commercial feed lots have become experts at force feeding grains and antibiotic supplements to rush the animals to market with the highest possible weight, and in our opinion well below optimal health benefits and flavor.

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Flavor

A cattle’s diet has a huge impact on what micro-nutrients are found in the meat and fat. A pasture rich diet is going to have a different flavor profile than a heavy grain and silage fed animal. Grass fed beef has a more pronounced Umami flavor.

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What is Umami

Umami is a category of taste in food. Umami is the fifth taste after sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. According to the Japanese, Umami is a rich and savory flavor, which is prevalent in Fullblood Wagyu beef.