For over 100 years the Akaushi breed has been subjected to intense genetic improvement. Eighty plus years ago the Japanese Association of Akaushi was created in order to collect, manage and process all Akaushi data. The association has collected carcass performance, breeding pedigrees and economic data for every animal in the entire breed. This data has been used in the selection of every Akaushi dam and sire over the last half-century. During the same period this data has also been used to select prospective sire and dam lines to be utilized for further genetic improvement. Consequently new sire and dam lines are only released for general production after they have been proven by extensive and accurate statistical analysis. As a result of this unique closed system and multi-trait selection process, the Akaushi breed is extremely uniform and consistent throughout its genetic line for all maternal, structural, fertility, carcass and palatability traits. No single trait has been sacrificed to develop this superior breed.
[Akaushi on Mt. Aso Japan] AKAUSHI ON MT. ASO JAPAN Therefore, Akaushi genetics may be the final ingredient to create an animal that will perform efficiently, improve consistency, maintain uniformity and maximize the gap between profit and loss. Find more information on the breed at American Akaushi Association.
In 2013, we took a chance and bought twenty straws of Akaushi semen to A.I. Some of our Charolais heifers. To say I was a skeptic would be an understatement. Most promoters of any breed overstate all the great attributes their breed offers. For our experiment we used the same selection criteria that we used when starting our Charolais program in, 1993. Eye appeal, disposition, fescue tolerant, sound feet and legs. Akaushi checked all the boxes and then some; giving us more growth than expected.
Combining our premium grading Charolais with front end Akaushi sires from HeartBrand we developed a herd of F1's. Using both A.I. and E.T. our experiment had exciting results.
Our next step was to purchase foundation Akaushi females for embryo production. We only wanted genetics that were direct descendants of the original imports, that also met our original selection criteria. This was a big challenge given the fact that the only full blood imports were three bulls and eight cows about thirty year ago. After extensive research we found what we wanted with the purchase of five full-blood females.
As 2021, rolls around our excitement for this Japanese breed has increased. Over the past years we have discovered Akaushi fertility is outstanding, with embryo and semen production way better than other breeds we have sampled.
Based on our sale of a limited number of full-bloods at our fall and spring 2020 auctions, we found there is more demand at the grass roots level in our area than we expected. Considering Akaushiis relatively new and most cattlemen have never heard of these genetics.Last but most important, is the taste and tenderness of the meat. It is unique and delicious. We fed the F1's that did not produce as breeding cattle just as a commercial feed lot would. The meat was sold direct and each carcass was sampled by us. Surveys were taken and buyers, without exception said the wanted more!
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