By Hunter Herbaugh
Ranger-Review Staff Writer 

Dawson County rancher sees benefits in raising Wagyu beef


Wagyu beef has been steadily growing in popularity in the US for years and is even raised in nearby Dawson County. Above, a crossbred Wagyu red heifer raised by Dawson County rancher Kelsey Crawford. Below, a Wagyu ribeye steak.

While Angus beef has reigned supreme in Montana and the United States for about as long as cattle ranching in the U.S. has existed, Wagyu beef has been gaining in popularity for several years and could become a much bigger player in the market before too long. Originating from Japan, Wagyu beef was first brought to the U.S. in 1976 and has been steadily growing since.

Wagyu has even made its way into Dawson County, with a few producers adding it to their herds.

Area rancher Kelsey Crawford's family is one such group, as she, her father and her uncle all breed and raise Wagyu cattle. She he...

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