Since we purchased the ranch in 2001, Kimmel Ranch has been a cow-calf operation, mostly commercial Angus, with good lookin' mamas and powerful registered Angus bulls to produce a fine set of uniform black calves.
In 2017, we began the transition to a smaller framed animal. The cows that we have now calve in late spring - early summer. The largest percentage of our animal base are grass cattle, however. Our cattle survive and thrive on grazing forage, native range and cover crops with minimal supplementation and inputs.
We focus on two breeds in our mama cows. This smaller breeding herd consists of mostly Black Angus commercial cattle with a handful of fullblood Wagyu, and Wagyu influenced Angus bred for superior, highly marbled meat. The Wagyu breed was developed in Japan for the consumer looking for rich, healthy, scrumptious meat.
If you haven't tried Wagyu, you are missing out!
Currently, our ranch is stocked predominantly with yearling grass cattle. This allows us to reach the high stock densities we need to achieve optimum soil health improvement and carbon sequestration by utilizing high intensity cell grazing with frequent moves to "grow our grass up". Most of the cattle are shipped out in early fall, but we retain some back for beef for our urban customer base through Wholesome Beef Direct.