There are 3 major blood lines of Japanese Wagyu cattle. Each line has its own individual characteristics. The origin of these 3 pedigrees can each be assigned to a region in Japan:
Kedaka line - Tottori Prefecture
Fujiyoshi line - Okayama Prefecture
Tajima line - Hyogo Prefecture
The Kedaka line was formed in the Tottori Prefecture and arises from the progeny of the bull Kedaka, which was born in 1959. Cattle of this line have a large frame and excellent weight gain, but the meat quality is rather inconsistent.
Animals of Fujiyoshi line are generally fairly balanced. They have good weight gain, although this bloodline has rather average quality characteristics. The prefecture of Okayama is topographically relatively flat and has a long tradition in livestock breeding. Therefore, animals of this line are in high demand.
The Tajiri or Tajima line is formed in the Kansai region, especially in the prefecture of Hyogo. The coat of this bloodline is black. Originally the animals were used as draft animals. This circumstance led to a greater development of the forequarters compared to the hind-
quarters. Tajima cattle are generally small framed and have lower growth rates, but the meat quality, in regards to marbling grade and tenderness, is excellent. The Tajima line is considered the most efficient line for producing high-quality meat. Our main focus is on genetic material from this line.