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

Harvest News From Lone Mountain Cattle Company

February 3, 2014

On December 2, 2013 we harvested 1248Y, a 29 month old sired by Kitaguni Jr.. As seen in the ribeye carcass photo below, 1248Y proved to be of great quality. Steer LMR Kitaguni 1248Y Ribeye 13Jan14 As did, 1257Y, a steer by Yasufuku Jr. Steer LMR Yasufuku 1257Y Ribeye 13Jan14 LMR Kitaguni 1248Y’s Dam (LMR Ms Itohana […]

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 […]