Larry Tebben and his wife Michele believe in living a holistic life and knowing where things come from, which is why they’re committed to raising Fullblood Black Wagyu at Tebben Ranches in Floresville. Over the past 12 years, Larry has built a strong herd with extremely good marbling.
“It’s been my passion since I discovered it,” Larry says. “I always believed that when you have a passion for something, you’re going to become very good at it.”
Larry was born and raised on a farm and, before raising Wagyu in Floresville, owned an exotic animal ranch featuring zebras, elk, antelope, and more. Ranching is in his blood and, as Larry says, Texas is very well suited for raising cattle.
The scene is idyllic. With rolling green hills on one side and reservoirs strategically placed throughout the estate, the cattle graze on Coastal Bermuda and Bluestem grasses. 200-year-old Live Oak trees grant a reprieve from the Texas sun. In the winter months, the herd enjoys winter grasses and clovers that sprout from the river bottom.
Larry started his Fullblood Wagyu herd with a few heifers and now raises more than 200 purebred black Wagyu cattle. His commitment to authentic breeding practices and good ranching protocols pairs the herd’s national lineage with Texas charm. The pasture-raised Wagyu cattle are finished on all-natural feed and mineral-rich water from the ranch reservoirs.
Every time he’s hungry, Larry enjoys eating the beef he raises. Larry and Michele experiment with a variety of cuts and cooking techniques but, as Larry says, “It’s really hard to beat a ribeye cooked in a cast iron skillet.” Any way you slice it, Tebben’s Wagyu beef tastes incredible.
In addition to the Wagyu herd, Michele cares for two honeybee hives. The fresh, all-natural sweetener made at their ranch demonstrates their devotion to living with the land.
Larry says, “We like to know where it’s coming from. When you eat honey from your neighborhood or beef from your own farm, it’s like a holistic medicine that helps your health because the bees pollinate from flowers in the area and use water from your own water supply.”
We are thrilled to offer Tebben’s pasture-raised, grain-finished Wagyu beef, free of growth hormones and unnecessary antibiotics. This beef displays astounding marbling that comes from Japanese breed genetics and a pastoral life in the heart of Texas.