Excerpt from Interview with Voyage Dallas
My wife and I moved to Weatherford, Texas in 2012. We originally moved to the area to get more involved in the Cutting Horse Industry.
We bought a small ranch outside of town totally ‘sight unseen.’ Surprisingly enough the ranch has been a perfect fit for what we were looking for.
Other than pictures, the first time we say the place was when we arrived with the moving van, 4 horses, 3 cats, and 1 dog. We now have 6 horses (two in training), 8 cats, 5 dogs, 17 head of Wagyu cattle, and 3 donkeys.
We currently have two cutting horses in training with Milum Cutting Horses in Brock. A 5-year-old named Metallic Sam I Am, and the great veteran A Cat Be Nimble. We have been blessed to have some great horses in a great program.
I spent my career in the high-tech industry and traveled extensively. I retired in 2015 and wanted to spend more time on the ranch. I have always been interested in cattle and the diversity of breeds. I wanted to add cattle to my ranch but didn’t want to buy and sell for the meat industry per se. I wanted to do something unique and the more I looked into the various breeds I kept coming back to Wagyu as the best fit for what we wanted to get involved with.
For those that don’t know, Wagyu is the Japanese word for ‘Japanese Cow.’ Wagyu have been a Japanese national treasure and until recently not available for export. As a result, the breed is new and small in the US but growing. There are different area names of Wagyu in Japan but the most notable from Kobe and known as Kobe Beef.
Wagyu beef is a specialty product which has very high demands for its quality and consistency.
At the Black Dog Ranch and Cattle Company, we specialize in the breeding end of the industry.
Our focus is to use the top Wagyu genetics in the world to breed and raise cattle that will be sold or leased to other ranchers who are increasing their herds while increasing the quality of their product.
The Black Dog Ranch and Cattle Company will always keep its herd small so we can continue to focus on breeding and delivering the best possible breeding cattle possible.
- Steven Erichsen
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