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Product Summary (Registration No.3)

Registration No.3 神戸ビーフ

Registered name (Transcription) : 神戸ビーフ (Kobe Beef)、神戸肉 (Kobe Niku)、神戸牛 (Kobe Gyu)、KOBE BEEF
Reference information : KOBE BEEF
Kobe Beef photo

Category of Product

Class 6 Fresh Meat (Beef)

Production Area

Hyogo Prefecture

Registered Group

Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association


KOBE BEEF is obtained from Tajima Ushi (cattle), which has been improved over the years in the mountainous areas of Tajima region located in the Northern Hyogo Prefecture. KOBE BEEF is very tender, and it is graded as the finest marbled beef.

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Tajima Ushi is originated from the draft cattle used for farming in the mountainous area of Tajima region over 1200 years ago. The draft cattle was recognized to have a good lineage for beef during the Meiji Period. Since then, Tajima Ushi has been improved and selected over the years. KOBE BEEF has been crossbred by using improved sires of Tajima Ushi owned by Hyogo Prefecture and cows of Tajima Ushi.


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