Where this all began...
Marcie and the late Richard Hammond are pioneers in the American Wagyu cattle business. They became involved with the Wagyu in 1991, acquiring some of the finest genetics in the world and began raising Wagyu on their Silverton, Oregon ranch.
As very active members of the American Wagyu Association, Marcie served many years on the board of directors, including president and secretary~ treasurer. They hosted numerous field days and annual meetings and heavily supported the Association activities. Believing that Wagyu cattle could impact the American cattle industry, the Hammonds contributed substantially to the Wagyu cattle research at Washington State University.
Their sincere belief in Wagyu cattle and their involvement in WSU and the American Wagyu Association have made a major contribution in making Wagyu cattle what they are today. Richard believed the commercial cattleman must become involved in order for Wagyu to meet their full potential.
In 1999 they formed a partnership with Ken and Julie Barnes~Tew and Jeff Penick, dba Sutton Creek Cattle Company. Richard passed away unexpectedly in August of 2002.
Marcie continued as an active partner and received an award in 2004 for the Most Purebreds Cattle>15/16 registered with the Association. Marcie recently retired to sunny Mexico but she still acts as consultant to the ranch. Ken, Julie and Jeff remain owners and operators of Sutton Creek Cattle Co. and continue to pursue the Hammond's dream.