RAISING THE BAR & leading the herd
of the Angel Fire
Food & Wine Roundup
A Bar N Ranch is owned and operated by Gregg Allen and Van Nichols. The Ranch began as a cow/calf operation in June 2005 to more effectively utilize land assets in north Texas. However, the objectives of the operation changed after the founders experienced their first Wagyu steak and learned of the benefits of the breed.
Since then, the A Bar N team has been focused on growing our herd and perfecting our beef on the 4,000 acres of rolling pasture in Celina and Sherman, Texas. We have worked extremely hard to achieve superior marbling by continually enhancing our genetics and feeding programs. In doing so, we have acquired the best Japanese and Angus genetics available, providing optimum marbling, tenderness, flavor and health benefits.
Wagyu is a prized Japanese cattle breed genetically inclined to produce beef that's densely marbled with a buttery texture and flavor.
‘Wagyu’ refers to all Japanese beef cattle, where ‘Wa’ means Japanese and ‘gyu’ means cow. We cross our Wagyu bulls with the best American Black Angus cows in the country to result in highly marbled meat with the beefy Angus flavor we all know and love.
For years the American public has been told that all fat is bad, but we are here to tell you that our fat is good. That’s because Wagyu is intensely marbled with softer fat, it has higher percentages of monounsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is lower in cholesterol than commodity beef. Meaning that our Wagyu is not only rich in taste and tenderness, but it is perfectly suitable for a well-balanced and healthy diet.
This marbling is what sets wagyu beef apart from all others. The white flecks of marbled fat melt during the cooking process, resulting in incredible flavor and tenderness. At A Bar N Ranch, we grade our marbling on a Beef Marble Score (BMS) in the ribeye muscle at the cut surface between the 12th and 13th ribs. Platinum, our highest level, has a BMS of 9 and up while our Gold level ranges from 6 to 8 points.
A Bar N Ranch has been committed to raising and delivering superior American Wagyu cattle to the market. The way we see it, this herd is a part of our family and so are our customers. It‘s our responsibility to make sure our cattle are getting only the best treatment- pasture raised, grain finished and never treated with growth hormones.