Gebbers Cattle is a 5th-generation cattle farm located in Brewster, Washington. The family first moved to Washington state for its rich timber industry, and quickly added cattle farming to their expertise.
The Gebbers family has been members of the Japanese Agricultural Training Organization since the late 1960s, hosting exchange students that train for growing fruit trees and raising beef. Through this partnership, the Gebbers family learned more about the Kuroge-washu breed and recently began raising an American Wagyu herd, crossing purebred Angus cows with purebred Wagyu bulls for a taste that brings the best of both worlds together.
“We’ve been interested in the quality of the Wagyu meat and thought we would try a group of them,” shares Cass Gebbers, “and we’ve had fantastic success with them! People really seem to enjoy the experience.”
Much like the Angus herd you know and love, the Wagyu cattle spend their lives grazing lush forest and meadow grasses on the ranch, and munching on a mix of grains, including nutrient-rich homegrown grains.
“It’s really simple,” says ranch manager Rich Hutchins. “Wagyu is a high-end beef with high-end results. After trying it once, people are back again for more the next week!”
Crossing Wagyu and Angus results in a unique flavor with amazing marbling that runs throughout the entire animal. The Wagyu marbling is noticeable, even in the crossbred animal, so much so that you can even see it in the roasts and shank.
Gebbers Cattle Co. is part of Gebbers Farm, one of the largest fruit orchards in the country. Their cattle get a diet of stuff that's grown within 35 miles of their pastures -- a combination of grains the Gebbers purchase, and fruits and vegetables they grow on-site including alfalfa, apple pomace, and corn. The herd is never given growth hormones, and antibiotics are used only on an as-needed basis -- none of that "subtherapeutic" medicine stuff found on factory farms.
Everything that grows at Gebbers Farms is reused. Fruit trees no longer bearing fruit are converted to wood chips, and added to a mixture that also includes overripe fruit and manure. This mix is turned into mulch and fertilizes the orchards as well as the corn fields. This one-of-a-kind approach makes for healthy cows started on grass and finished on energy-rich grain to produce delicately marbled beef.