Ranchers from across the U.S. gather in Salina to learn about the high-demand for wagyu cattle


Alice Mannette, The Hutchinson News

via Springfield News-Leader (MO) - Jun 7, 2021


SALINA Three years ago, Rich and Kariann Dryer went over to a fellow rancher's house to buy some wagyu steaks. The rancher opened his freezer and told the Dryer's to help themselves for free.


Within a month, the Dryer's,who own Legacy Farms in Franklin County, Mo., were adding registered wagyu to their cattle ranch, several from that rancher.


"The beef is amazing," Kariann said. "The product sells itself."


The Dryer's were one of the sellers at the Passion for Prime wagyu sale on June 5 at Farmers & Ranchers Livestock in Salina. The event was part of the Midwest Wagyu Association's conference.


The Dryer's brought two of their prize black bulls to sell. They raise more than 50 full-blooded wagyu cows, the same amount of calves as well as percentage wagyu and full-blooded angus.


Mike Kerby, the organizer of this 7-year-old wagyu sale event that moves to a different Midwest state each year, brought several red angus bulls, cows and calves to sell. He said the red wagyu are more rare. Kerby, who runs Buck Mountain Ranch in Warsaw, Mo., has raised wagyu for 13 years. He has noticed both the popularity of the conference and the amount of wagyu cattle in the U.S. continue to grow...


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