For Tina Kahlig, the question was never “Do I want to be a farmer?” Growing up on the family farm means that she always felt an affinity to the land and the countryside. Though Tina and her husband Clarence live in the city now, they visit their ranch on a weekly basis to check in with the cattle, Tina’s father (who still lives on the ranch!), and their ranch manager Travis.
Both Tina and Clarence come from five generations of country farmers but they haven’t always raised fullblood Wagyu. While on a hunting trip, a friend introduced the Kahligs to Wagyu beef. Believe it or not, that friend is a doctor who raved about the health benefits that come from eating Wagyu. After that trip, Tina brought home a Wagyu tenderloin for Clarence’s birthday and they were hooked!
When they had the opportunity to purchase a Wagyu herd, the Kahligs didn’t hesitate. Because Clarence had a heart issue, they knew they needed to eat healthier. That meant no red meat or healthier red meat. Wagyu was the answer. They could raise healthy and delicious beef for their personal needs and, as the herd grew, consider sharing their beef with the world.