Akaushi (赤牛?, roughly meaning "red cow") is a Japanese Wagyū breed of cattle. The beef produced by Akaushi cattle is richly marbled with fat and produces a very tender, flavorful, and expensive variety of steak which is used in Kobe restaurants.
Beef originally carrying the title of "Kobe beef" were simply cattle from herds in the Kobe area of Japan, and could be any of four breeds of Wagyu cattle: the Akaushi (Japanese Red), the Kuroushi (Japanese Black), the Japanese Polled and the Japanese Shorthorn.
Currently, the largest purebred group of Wagyū outside Japan is a herd of Akaushi cattle located in Harwood, Texas, owned by HeartBrand Beef. It was raised from a Japanese imported herd of 11 which was guarded by off-duty Texas Rangers to protect from interbreeding for over 12 years until the herd grew to over 5,000 cattle.
- Roberts, Michelle (2007-07-17). "Japanese cow herd protected, coddled for 12 years to make Kobe beef". Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- Akaushi Beef; Logan Farms website; accessed Oct 2013.
- Heather Smith Thomas "Akaushi Cattle" Western Cowman (July/Aug 2010)
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