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Our Story

Our family has been in the cattle business for generations with our focus previously concentrated on raising quality registered and commercial Angus. We are truly passionate about raising the highest quality livestock possible. We feel truly blessed and fortunate to live on this beautiful ranch and to be able to spend our days caring for the land, our livestock, enjoying the outdoors and spending time together as a family.

When we were first introduced to the Wagyu breed, we were very interested in the health benefits associated with the breed. High levels of monounsaturated fats with relative low saturated fats as well as significant oleic acid... the compound found in olive oil that the USDA touts as good for the heart. Wagyu are naturally predisposed to intense marbling. Because of this marbling, it has an extraordinary depth of flavor which makes it the most tender, most succulent and best tasting beef available. Due to this extreme marbling, Wagyu beef often exceeds the top USDA grade of prime.

Once we tasted this amazing beef we knew we had to add a Wagyu branch to our cattle operation.

Wagyu cattle originated in Japan.

The first Red Wagyu (Akaushi) bulls imported to the USA in 1976 were Judo and Rueshaw. Rueshaw is the only Akaushi National Champion to ever leave Japan. Dove Creek Wagyu Cattle Co is fortunate to to have a daughter of Rueshaw as a cornerstone to our donor program as well as daughters of several other original import sires.

Our 1083 and 1080 bulls are outstanding Sons of Big Al, who has the honor of being the first of only four Akaushi calves conceived in Japan and born in the USA and out of one of the top cows in the Akaushi business, Kaedemaru 2.

Our cattle are raised on large pastures with an abundance of lush grass and fresh water. They are never subjected to feed yard conditions and are free of hormones and antibiotics.

Akaushi cattle are naturally inquisitive, good natured and docile. They are typically easy to handle and prefer to be “ bucket led” ( follow a bucket)!than to be herded. They are truly a joy to be around!

The Japanese declared Wagyu cattle a national living treasure and after getting acquainted with this amazing breed it is easy to understand why.

The last shipment of Wagyu was exported in 1997 at which time an export ban was put in place and no more full blood Wagyu would ever leave Japan.

After much research we concluded that we would focus primarily on the Akaushi strain of Wagyu. They are easy fleshing on grass, are known to have better milk production, finish much sooner and can marble just as well as black Wagyu . Akaushi can also improve carcass quality on all other breeds of a cattle. This is especially true with the high quality Angus breed.

We are currently flushing our donors to our 1083 and 1080 bulls and other important original sires to continue to build our breeding program. We do have genetics available for sale as well as bulls suitable for upgrading your breeding programs or F1 production.

We are also producing outstanding American Wagyu beef that we offer for sale. Check out our meat pages to order individual cuts or larger quantities under “Sides of Beef”.

We hope you enjoy looking through our website. We welcome any questions you may have about our breeding program or purchasing some of our top-grade beef. Please let us know if you would like a tour of our farm. We would love to talk to you and show you around.

Michelle Johnson