Ono’s Tale of Two Prefectures

February 5, 2014

Here is a brief introduction to both the Kedaka line of Tottori Prefecture and the Dai 7 Itozakura line of Shimane Prefecture (with a mention of Okayama Prefecture’s claim on Dai 7 Itozakura). The Kedaka line started, appropriately enough, with the birth of bull Kedaka, himself, in Tottori Prefecture in 1959. Kedaka produced a number […]

Line Breeding vs Inbreeding

February 5, 2014

Inbreeding is the mating of animals that are closely related to each other. Outcrossing is the mating of animals that are totally unrelated. Somewhere in the middle lies line breeding. What constitutes inbreeding and what constitutes line breeding is in the eye of the breeder. Line breeding is highly strategized inbreeding. It is breeding to […]

Lone Mountain Fullblood Black Wagyu Wins at National Western Stock Show

February 3, 2014

For Immediate Release Lone Mountain Fullblood Black Wagyu Wins Again at the National Western Stock Show Fullblood Wagyu Cow-Calf Pair Awarded 2014 Grand Champion GOLDEN, New Mexico – February 3, 2014 – The 2014 Grand Champion Fullblood Black Wagyu Cow-Calf Pair was awarded to Lone Mountain Cattle Company at January’s National Western Stock Show in […]

May 2014 Lone Mountain Fullblood Wagyu Female Sale Featured Animal

February 3, 2014

2012 National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Calf-Cow pair winner LMR Ms Yasufuku 1268Y will be featured at our Female Fullblood Wagyu Sale May 17, 2014. 1268Y is one of over 100 outstanding 100% Fullblood Wagyu Females for sale. For more information visit

Kenichi Ono wrote the book on Wagyu…literally.

December 17, 2013

For years, I had seen and heard references to Kenichi Ono’s three-volume series Outstanding Wagyu of Japan, but I had never been able to obtain my own copies. I sent inquiries to a mailing address in Japan, but they were evidently ignored or misdirected. Ono’s series was the definitive work on the genetic history of […]

The Outstanding Wagyu of Japan

July 25, 2013

Renowned Japanese researcher Kenichi Ono has written a definitive series of books roughly translated as “100 Greatest Wagyu in Japan.”* I first hunted down his authoritative books during my visit to Japan’s 9th Zenkyo** in 2007. Ono has now published four volumes covering many of the most well known and highly regarded Wagyu cattle, both […]

Research Shows: Composition of Fatty Acids in Beef Determine the Desired “Umami” of Wagyu Beef

July 23, 2013

According to this research paper out of Australia, the “lustre, texture and properties” that are so desired by those consumers purchasing Wagyu beef across the world come from the beef’s specific fat composition. The Japanese fat had considerably less saturated and more unsaturated fatty acids resulting in much higher unsaturated/saturated ratios (1.9) compared with the […]

Announcement: Lone Mountain Fullblood Wagyu Production Sale Set for May 17th, 2014

July 22, 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce to our community that we have set the date for our all-female production sale to be held in Albuquerque, NM, on May 17th, 2014. Introductory information follows, and stay tuned for more updates… Click Below for Enlarged PDF….

Welcome to our Refurbished Cattle Company Blog

June 21, 2013

Welcome to the newly refurbished Lone Mountain Cattle Company Blog! We hope this blog will serve to be your leading resource for information, news, and resources on Fullblood Wagyu production, breeding, raising and genetics. The Lone Mountain Cattle Company website is a trusted and valued receptacle for cutting-edge research and insights, and we have heard from so […]