Drew and Ashley grew up in two very different environments. Originally from a hog and cattle farm in Nebraska, ranching has always been in Drews blood. His grandfather and parents were pioneers in raising organic livestock. Ashley grew up on a small island off of Acadia National Park, in Maine. While she didn't grow up on a farm, she comes from generations of another kind of harvester. Both of her parents and her brother lobster fish, along with generations before.
After marrying and graduating with a few bachelor degrees we settled into life in suburbia with 9-5's. Before welcoming our firstborn, Emmett (pictured below), we decided we wanted a different life for our children, more reminiscent of our own childhoods. After nearly a decade of searching for the perfect property we were able to move to Little Cranberry Ranch. Just north of Fort Collins, Colorado. Dubbed for the island Ashley calls 'home', Little Cranberry island.
Once we finally had some land and room to breathe it became clear our pastures needed something, or someone rather, to take advantage of them and their grass. Seeing all of the cattle being raised around us Drew wanted to try something different. Because Purebred Wagyu is non-existent in Northern Colorado he felt that we could offer not only a rare and outstanding product, but an experience to those in the area.
Unfortunately the US regulations on the classification of Wagyu is extremely loose. The USDA states that anything with a percent higher than 48% can be classified as Wagyu. Because of this Wagyu is often diluted and in turn the quality of their genetics and the benefits of those genetics, suffer.
Because we wanted to utilize our land, show our children the lifestyle of raising livestock and teach them the responsibilities and lessons that come along with it, it only made sense to raise the best beef around!
We got a load of 26 Wagyu !
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