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.
For the last 15 years, Mahan Wagyu has raised a small herd of 100% Black Wagyu Fullblood cattle. Using modern breeding techniques to achieve their Fullblood herd, their cattle are completely traceable to Japan (the offspring of cows originating from Japan without any crossbreeding). Breeding occurs in both spring and fall, and all cows are born and raised on the ranch and never treated with growth hormones or implants. The herd is comprised primarily of Takeda genetics, a highly recognized breeder from Japan. Using three of the main Japanese Black Wagyu breeding lines, Tajira (Tajima), Fujiyoshi (Shimane) and Kedaka (Tottori), Mahan Wagyu cattle are bred to achieve the best weight and highest marbling score.
The Wagyu cattle graze on native Bluestem and Buffalo grass on 380 acres free of fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides with short, drought-resistant grasses that don’t require irrigation. The small herd at Mahan doesn’t require much pasture rotation, in the winter, cattle are fed hay with a 32% protein cube twice a day, with access to sheds in the event of inclement weather. Mahan Wagyu are finished just north of the ranch on a diet of locally-grown corn silage, flaked corn and roughage.