The Japanese Akaushi, also known as Red Wagyu, a Bos Taurus type of cattle, had their origins and evolution in Kumamoto, Japan. These animals were strongly influenced by Simmental and South Devon breeds and closely resemble modern American beef cattle. The carcass has traits of high marbling with palatable and product consistency, with minimal external fat. Infusion of these genetics in a cross breeding program will produce quality marbled meat resulting in substantially higher returns to producers, when compared with other beef breeds in the increasingly competitive local and overseas markets.
Some of the most important factors that affect the degree of adaptability of animals in tropical areas are the types of hide and coat color. During their first stage of development, Akaushi were exposed to tick born diseases, external parasites and other natural endemic factors present in the hot and humid conditions of Kumamoto, Japan. They developed smooth coats and thick loose skins. Coat color is directly related to the animal’s capability to reflect infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Great emphasis should be placed on selecting breeds with desirable color and coat type for crossbreeding programs in tropical areas. In these regions with large savanna areas which experience high humidity and temperatures with intensive infrared radiation, red, yellow and cream/white cattle with pigmented hides should be bred for maximum adaptability to overcome climatic conditions.
With the Brahman, Nellore and Zebu cattle found in many areas of Asia and South America, the Akaushi is the breed for upgrading meat quality substantially to enhance export sales as well as adapting to local tropical conditions which other Bos Taurus breeds will not.
Trials conducted in America have shown Akaushi crossed with tropical breeds; result in a better quality carcass, and a heavier calf due to the hybrid vigour.
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