Ono's Tale of Two Prefectures - Lone Mountain Cattle
Here is a brief introduction to both the Kedaka line of Tottori Prefecture and the Dai 7 Itozakura line of Shimane Prefecture (with a mention of Okayama Prefecture’s claim on Dai 7 Itozakura). The Kedaka line started, appropriately enough, with the birth of bull Kedaka, himself, in Tottori Prefecture in 1959. Kedaka produced a number of fine lines and bulls, including the Harumi line (Shimane Prefecture). Kedaka cattle were bred as pack animals, so they were valued for their ability to transport things (produce, in this case) over great distances, rather than their ability to do heavy work over short distances. There was less of an emphasis on farm chores in Tottori Prefecture as there was in Hyogo Prefecture, so the cattle were built differently. Tottori Prefecture cattle didn’t need large forequarters but did need to be good grazers. Good grazing meant strong mothering instincts, something the Harumi line is widely appreciated for. The Dai 20 Hirashige line, established in 1974, is the most famous offshoot of Kedaka’s genetics. Interestingly, Dai 20 Hirashige is the product of a father-daughter mating. As a result, his “inbreeding coefficient” is 25 percent, at a minimum. An inbreeding coefficient estimates the percentage of identical...
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