Two names and a dilemma If we’re talking about fullblood stock, Kobe and Wagyu are the same thing. But why are there two names? Wagyu origins In the second century, people brought cows from China and raised them to work in Japan’s mountainous rice fields. These small, isolated herds created unique genetic qualities. In time, Europeans came along and cross-bred… Read More
A lot of people wonder why Wagyu over other kinds of cows. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to share with you: Why cows in the first place? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to have cows. Growing up in Ireland, everyone had cows or sheep, but it took more than fifty… Read More
Summer Wagyu calves at Stepaside This month, three of our moms gave birth to Wagyu calves. Like all the Wagyus we raise, our new babies are 100% fullblood Wagyu (not bred with Angus). Since we raise our cows only for their outstanding genetics (not as food), our calves have all the beautiful characteristics of fullblood Wagyu. Our Wagyu calves in photos Science and breeding aside, we… Read More
Bulls will be bulls Tiny is our resident bull. He’s a fullblood Angus. In the rare instances that our Wagyu cows don’t become pregnant with embryos (via our awesome vet), we’ve been letting Tiny take care of things in their natural course. Our neighbor’s cows—as far as we can tell—aren’t purebred anything. One is missing an eye, another has half a… Read More
Babies on the way Now that we’ve gotten this winter’s crop of calves born and healthy, we’re busy with the Angus cows administering hormones once a week. The goal is to synchronize them to receive Wagyu embryos. Putting Wagyu embryos in Angus cows is a common practice because the Angus give more milk than Wagyus typically do. This means surrogate Angus… Read More
We love that our cows are happy here, but I got a real kick out of this one who decided to take a dip in the stream. It’s great we’ve had rain so that the water is abundant. We’re glad for it. Cow snacks by poolside—what a life!