We usually have up to several dozen or more finished/fat Wagyu steers ready (or almost ready) for harvest, and we offer these in trailer-load lots or as single animals for custom processing by the customer. And we are happy to transport animals to the processing plant for our customers. We generally have 100% fullblood Wagyu, F1 (50% Wagyu genetics) as well as F2 (3/4 Wagyu genetics) finished steers available.
All of our finished Wagyu cattle are born on our ranch, raised on pasture on our ranch, and finished on our ranch. We feed an all-natural (no growth hormones or steroids or other unnatural growth promoters, and no antibiotics). Our finishing ration is designed to be similar to the finishing ration typically used in Japan, which is a higher roughage grain-based ration that results in slower daily gains, which has been proven to result in higher levels of marbling and higher quality (lower melting-point) marbling fat for Wagyu.
SINGLE STEER WHOLE CARCASS OR HALF CARCASS:
We also offer whole and half carcasses, sold prior to harvest so that the customer can have the processing done at their processor of choice (or at the USDA-inspected processor we use), and processed in accordance with the customer’s customized processing/cutting order. In this case we price the steer based upon “hot carcass weight” or “hot hanging weight” (“HCW”) at the processor. HCW is typically around 62% of the live weight of a steer, but can vary up to 5% from this average. Live weight for our finished steers is typically 1,350 lbs. to 1,550 lbs., and using the 62% average HCW/Live Weight ratio, this results in HCWs of around 800 lbs. to around 950 lbs. The price of our Wagyu whole and half carcasses includes transportation of the steer from our ranch to the USDA-inspected processing plant we use, on a once-per month pre-set schedule. The USDA-inspected processing plant we use charges $0.99 per lb. HCW for normal processing and processing costs are the responsibility of the customer. If the customer wishes to utilize a different processing plant we will transport the steer to the customer’s processing plant for a small transportation fee. Our Wagyu whole carcasses are priced as follows:
- $3.75/lb. HCW for F1/50% Wagyu
- $4.50/lb. HCW for F2/75% Wagyu
- $4.75/lb. HCW for F3/87.5% Wagyu or higher (other than 100% Fullblood Wagyu)
- $5.75/lb. HCW for DNA-verified, registered, 100% Fullblood Wagyu
Half carcasses are priced 5% higher due to the additional work required to manage selling of the other half, which must be done in conjunction with the purchased half carcass, and half carcasses must be processed at the USDA processing plant we utilize due to the need to be able to sell the other half carcass.
FINISHED STEERS BY THE TRAILER LOAD:
We price our trailer loads of finished steers based upon the current market price, which fluctuates. Because Wagyu cattle, compared to cattle of other breeds, are born smaller and grow slower, and because we finish our Wagyu beef steers using an all-natural, slower growth feeding methodology similar to that used in Japan, our cost to raise and finish Wagyu cattle is higher compared to the cost for other breeds of cattle. We charge a premium “per lb. live weight” over current commercial finished/fat cattle prices. In our area in Texas, most buyers and sellers negotiate pricing using as a basis the near-term “Live Cattle” futures prices, and add a negotiated premium “per lb.” to such price, which premium varies based upon a number of factors as described below. The near-term Live Cattle futures prices have been around $1.10 to $1.25 recently. You can find information on current prices and recent trends for commercial Live Cattle (fat/finished cattle) at this LINK TO THE CME GROUP LIVE CATTLE PAGE.
Our price premium above commercial, non-Wagyu finished “Live Cattle” prices varies based upon a number of factors including the percentage of Wagyu genetics (100%, vs. 75% vs. 50%). We offer our finished Wagyu steers in trailer load lots, picked up at our ranch, at the following price premiums per lb. based upon live weight:
- $0.40 per lb. premium for F1/50% Wagyu finished steers
- $0.60 per lb. premium for F2/75% Wagyu finished steers
- $0.70 per lb. premium for F3/87.5% Wagyu finished steers
- $1.25 per lb. premium for DNA-parent-verified, registered, 100% fullblood Wagyu steers
We would love for you to be able to experience our outstanding Wagyu beef! Please give us a call or email us to discuss your needs.
(713) 412-0129 or Jim@Rocking711.com