Fifth-generation Texan Weldon Mahan and his wife Jennifer are the heart and soul of Mahan Wagyu in Silverton, Texas, near the Palo Duro Canyon. A member of The Texas Wagyu Association and American Wagyu Association (AWA) where he’s served as President-CEO and Chairman, Weldon Mahan comes from a long line of ranchers, beginning with Moses Mahan in the 1800s.
It was 30 years ago when Gary and Beverly Yamamoto saw a dream come to life. After years of visiting and developing a strong bond with Shogo Takeda, a longtime Wagyu legend in Japan, the American Takeda cattle herd, in its entirety, became the Yamamoto’s very own. With a ranch in Texas, the Yamamotos could now care for these beloved Wagyu in the rolling hills of Palestine. The Yamamotos also sell their herd’s prized genetics to other Wagyu ranchers across the country.
Downhome in Burton, Texas — 5 Star Wagyu Ranch blossomed out of a drought. In 2012, the terrible drought forced the Siff family to adapt their ranching approach drastically after raising commercial cattle for 25 years. Today, Sherwin Siff and his wife exclusively raise almost 100 Wagyu cattle on 300 acres of open pasture.
Ellsworth, Kansas used to be known as the “wickedest” cattle town in Kansas. During the famous cattle drives of the 1870s, cows outnumbered people 75:1.
These days, Ellsworth doesn’t attract as many roving cowboys, but it’s definitely still cattle country.