Japanese wagyu beef (aka “Kobe beef”) is being raised in my home state of Texas. The AP reports that Rancher Jose Antonio Elias Calles began raising his grass-fed herd of 11 cows twelve years ago, and in the intervening years it has grown to 5,000, the largest herd of Akaushi cattle outside of Japan. Calles sells the beef under the name “HeartBrand” in limited quantities. These cows are kept away from American cattle, so as not to contaminate their gene pool, and they’re guarded by off-duty Texas Rangers. So don’t mess with ‘em, y’all!
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