Zach Miller grew up on his grandfather’s farm in Charlottesville, Virginia when it was still a “gentleman’s farm” for racehorses. But Zach and his parents wanted to take the family legacy in a new direction. Zach wanted to see the farm—his childhood home—preserved as a profitable model of an alternative to industrial agriculture. That meant great-tasting steaks, healthy grasses, and a land stewardship that could continue long into the future.
In the fertile lands of the Gypsum Valley outside Salina, Kansas, brothers Jack and Jerry Cossette are raising Purebred Wagyu that's deliciously earthy-flavored, beefy and astonishingly marbled. The Cossette family has been raising Angus cattle since the ‘80s, but it wasn’t until 2008 that they switched to raising the Japanese Wagyu breed.
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.
For more than 40 years, the Bruce family has raised grass-finished beef on a long stretch of peninsula in Northwest Tasmania. John and Angela Bruce, along with their veterinarian daughter Dr. Emma, son Lain, and his wife Jane, are firmly committed to land welfare and sustainability that produces all-natural and deliciously rich beef.
Nestled within the 1826 Royal Charter land grant to the Van Diemans Land Company, Western Plains has a longstanding history of fresh pastures and clean sea air. Known for the Circular Head or “Nut,” this peninsula preserves perennial grasses including ryegrass, fescue, and clovers.
The west coast of Tasmania is one of the best grass-growing regions in the world. All along the western coast are rugged mountains, wild forest, and inhospitable land — with the exception of the northwest coast, home to Westmore Pastoral.
The rare combination of a temperate climate and frequent rainfall means the Westmore herd always has fresh paddocks of lush perennial grasses perfect for year-round grazing. Owned by the Greenham family, Westmore Pastoral stretches over 8,500 acres of Tasmanian paradise just outside Marrawah.