Births of Japanese black cattle exceed 500,000 head in 2016

TOKYO, Nov. 22 — The births of Japanese Black cattle, one of four wagyu breeds, have surpassed to the 500,000 mark in 2016 for the first time in four years, data taken from Japan’s National Livestock Breeding Center shows.

The Japanese Black cattle numbers grew for a second straight year to 502,066 head in 2016.

Japanese Black cattle expanded by 4,000 head in 2015 compared to the year earlier, and it jumped by over 10,000 in 2016, according to the NLBC.

Japanese breeds of beef cattle typically produce marbled meat with unsaturated fat, which makes the soft and flavorful steaks the world’s most expensive meat.

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