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.
We price our finished steers based upon what we believe current market price to be. This is generally 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 premium above recent “live cattle prices” for commercial, non-Wagyu finished cattle varies based upon a number of factors including the percentage of Wagyu genetics (100%, vs. 75% vs. 50%), the genetics of the female in the case of 50% Wagyu genetics (Angus are well-liked by buyers and Brahman and Brahman-influenced cattle such as Brangus are less desirable). As of early 2018, the premium above commercial live cattle prices for F1/50% Wagyu finished steers has been in the range of $0.10 per lb. to $0.25 per lb. live weight. The premium is slightly higher (around $0.10 per lb. higher) for 3/4 (75%) Wagyu genetics finished steers. The premium is meaningfully higher for 100% fullblood Wagyu finished steers, particularly if the steers are DNA parent verified and registered with the American Wagyu Association, in which case the premium per lb. has recently been in the range of $0.75 to $1.25 per lb. live weight.
All of our finished Wagyu cattle are born on our ranch, raised 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 for Wagyu.