Big Country rancher impacted by inflation, works to keep beef prices low


by: Tyler Henderson, Big Country Homepage (TX)

Jun 15, 2022


ANSON, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – As gas prices continue to rise across the country, a ripple effect has taken its toll on Big Country ranchers; raising fertilizer, feed and travel costs.


It’s about two miles back on Brent Fine’s 340 acres, accessible by four wheeler, just north of Hawley where you’d find his prized possessions.


In 2019, Fine and his wife began F2F Cattle. Typically raising black angus cattle, they were searching for a new breeding bull. However, Brent said they were getting older and needed healthier alternatives to provide for their family.


“I started googling healthiest beef and the word wagyu started showing up,” Fine recalled.


Doing his own research, he reached out to HeartBrand Beef outside of San Antonio, finding and purchasing a purebred Japanese Akaushi Wagyu bull.


A red to buckskin-colored bull that now is interbred with his traditional angus cattle, created an incredibly healthy option on their dinner plates after the animals were processed.


100% grass-fed, Fine’s Akaushi cattle are best known for their detailed and rich intramuscular fat, as well as their high concentration of monounsaturated fats.


“These are half Akaushi and half angus, and we’ve bred out nearly 75% of the bad cholesterol in these calves right here,” Fine said.


Aiming to produce the highest quality of healthy beef, Fine wants to keep it at affordable prices. He said in Japan, a one-pound wagyu steak can cost up to $300, but his steaks cost roughly $18.00 a pound...


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