About Lost Hills Farm

Lost Hills Farm is located about an hour south of Des Moines, Iowa. The ranch is covered in timber, rolling hills and fields that produce feed for cattle.

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Farm to Table

An animal’s quality of life plays a significant role in the final product. Cattle live their best life with zero stress, which rings true for Lost Hills.

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Why Choose grass-fed Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu can literally be translated to mean Japanese beef — “wa” means Japanese and “gyu” means beef. It is a breed of cattle native to Japan and is considered a Japanese national treasure. This is the breed that produces the world-renowned Kobe beef – but the term Kobe can only be accurately applied to Wagyu cattle which are produces in the Kobe region of Japan.

Wagyu is higher in a type of fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Wagyu beef contain the highest amount of CLA per gram of any foodstuff – about 30% more than other beef breeds – due to higher linoleic acid levels. Foods that are naturally high in CLA have fewer negative health effects. Wagyu beef is intensely marbled with softer fat, has higher percentages of monounsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is lower in cholesterol than commodity beef. Wagyu beef has also been shown to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body without affecting the HDL levels.

The commonly known ‘primary tastes’ are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. A lesser known fifth primary taste is umami, a term and concept that originated in Japan, which describes a subtle sweetness and aroma. The presence of unsaturated fats is what makes Wagyu beef so full of umami goodness.


Only about 2 percent of all U.S. beef today is graded prime, which is the highest grade. Over 90% of domestic Wagyu cattle grade out as at least Prime. Wagyu’s intense marbling occurs from genetics and from the cattle spending more time on special feed, about 30 months as compared to commodity beef cattle which are fed about 24 months.

David Rosengarten, Chef, food writer, television and on-line personality, describes Wagyu as “Literally melting in your mouth, accompanied by wonderful waves of sweet beef and butter flavor” as well as “wonderfully buttery and silky”.

Order your Wagyu Beef

We promise that you'll fall in love with the experience!!

Lost Hills farm currently has 2 options available:

  • 50 lbs sampler (or approximately 1/2 of the freezer on your refrigerator)
  • Quarter Beef (or approximately all of the freezer space in a spare refrigerator)