Cattle Breeder Produces Prime Beef Using Japanese Traits

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A South Dakota cattle breeding operation is making Japanese beef traits available for commercial cattlemen. Prime 360 Beef is merging the best traits of Japanese Akaushi (Vol. 39, No. 4) and Wagyu breeds with leading North American breeds to produce USDA-Prime beef. Currently less than 5 percent of all processed beef grades prime. The company’s goal is to produce calves with the genetic potential to grade prime a high percentage of the time. “We could do it with straight Wagyu and Akaushi breeds, but they don’t have the eye appeal of our North American breeds,” says Jim Nickeson, general manager, Prime 360 Beef. “They are horned breeds and have other issues that we have been able to select out.”


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