Feeder Calves

We sell young feeder calves ready to enter a feeding program.  These animals are aged 8 to 14 months and have been weaned, vaccinated and backgrounded and developed on pasture with supplemental feed.  They are priced on a per-lb. live weight basis, which price is based upon a fixed premium per lb. above the “USDA All Texas Sale Barn Prices“, which prices the USDA publishes each Monday morning, and which show the average prices of various classes (steer vs. heifer and different weight class) at all of the livestock sale barns in Texas for the prior week.  Our feeder calves are offered at the following premiums above the USDA All Texas Sale Barn Prices as set forth below.  Animals can be picked up at our ranch by appointment, and delivery is available for an additional cost.  Our feeder calves are substantially all steers (vs. heifers) and are developed and raised in a pasture environment with supplemental free-choice minerals and with daily supplemental feeding that includes corn, spent brewers grain, cotton seed, other grains and grain processing by-products such as wheat midds and grain dust, hay, alfalfa, liquid feed that contains molasses and corn gluten, and minerals.

F1 (50% Wagyu genetics) – Premium $0.20

These animals are sired by a registered, 100% fullblood Wagyu bull and are out of Angus, Angus+ and Brangus type commercial cows. Finished for F1/50% Wagyu quality beef on an all natural (no implants, hormones or antibiotics) usually requires around 2-4 months longer than for a Angus-type animal, or around 22-24 months of age.

F2 (75% Wagyu genetics) – Premium $0.40

These animals are sired by a registered, 100% fullblood Wagyu bull and are out of an “F1” cow (as described above). These animals will produce higher quality marbling, as well as more consistent marbling, as compared to beef from F1 animals, although they will grow somewhat slower and therefore take longer to finish. Finished to “Wagyu quality” on an all natural (no implants, hormones or antibiotics) typically requires around 2 months longer compared to an F1/50% Wagyu animal, or around 24-26 months of age.

F3/F4 (87.5% to 93.75% Wagyu genetics) – Premium $0.60

These animals are sired by a registered, 100% fullblood Wagyu bull and are out of an “F2” or “F3” cow. These animals will produce meaningfully higher quality marbling, as well as much more consistent marbling, as compared to beef from F1 animals, although they will grow slower and therefore take longer to finish. Finished to “Wagyu quality” on an all natural (no implants, hormones or antibiotics) typically requires around 4 months longer compared to an F1/50% Wagyu animal, or around 26-28 months of age.

Purebred and Fullblood Wagyu – Premium $1.75

These animals are sired by either a Fullblood or Purebred Wagyu bull and are out of a Fullblood or Purebred Wagyu cow. These animals are guaranteed to be DNA verifiable to their Fullblood/Purebred parents and are guaranteed to be registerable with the Amercian Wagyu Association as either a Fullblood or Purebred Wagyu animal (which requires DNA parent verification). These animals, if fed properly, can produce substantially higher quality marbling, as well as substantially more consistent marbling, as compared to beef from F1 animals, although they will grow slower and therefore take longer to finish. Finished to “Wagyu quality” on an all natural (no implants, hormones or antibiotics) typically requires around 6 to 8 months longer compared to an F1/50% Wagyu animal, or around 28-32 months of age. There is a meaningful “jump” in the price premium for Purebred/Fullblood feeder calves because (1) they must be produced using a Purebred/Fullblood cow, which cows are substantially more expensive than other types of cows, or through embryo transfer, which is even more expensive; and (2) they are born smaller and grow slower, so they achieve more of their growth later in life (in the feed lot after they are sold as a feeder calf) and therefore they are typically smaller at any given age as a feeder calf, and thus are typically sold at a lighter weight when sold as a feeder calf. We have limited supply of Purebred and Fullblood Wagyu and sometimes have no availability.

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