Akaushi (japanese red) wagyu Cattle History

In 1994, a starter herd of Akaushi cows and bulls were brought to the United States in a specially equipped Boeing 747. Today, Akaushi genetics are controlled by a group of Texans under the name HeartBrand Beef, Inc. to ensure quality of the breed.  All Patriot Prime Beef Akaushi cattle are sourced from HeartBrand breeding stock and individually registered.

Akaushi cattle, a Bos Taurus type of cattle, had their origin and evolution in Kumamoto, Japan on Kyushu island where cattle breeds are divided into two kinds, dairy cattle and the indigenous Wagyu cattle.  By direct translation, Wagyu refers to all Japanese cattle, "wa" (Japanese) and "gyu" (cattle), respectively.

Wagyu cattle have been subjected to continuous genetic improvement over the last 100 years. Today, there are four breeds, the Akaushi (Japanese Red), the Kryoshi (Japanese Black), the Japanese Polled, and the Japanese Shorthorn.

The Japan Association of Akaushi registration was created in order to collect, manage and process all Akaushi cattle data. The Association has collected performance, breeding pedigrees and economic data for every animal on the entire breed. These data have been used by master geneticists and scientists in the selection of every Akaushi dam and sire over the last half-century.

New sire and dam lines are only released for general production after they have been proven meritorious by extensive and accurate statistical analysis, using a sophisticated progeny-testing model.

As a result of this unique data processing closed system, the Akaushi breed is extremely uniform and consistent throughout the genetic lines for all palatability traits.

Natural, grass-fed Akaushi meat is produced under rigorous quality guidelines and certified product testing in a source-verified, vertically-integrated quality control system designed to provide consumers the healthiest and highest quality natural Akaushi beef.

Today, the uniformity of Akaushi is superior to all Western beef cattle breeds.