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.
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.
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.
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.