The Japanese brown cattle differ in appearance. The Kochi breed has a black nose and horns, while the Kumamoto breed has a whiter body and is one size larger than the Kochi breed. The reason there are differences despite being the same breed is that the two were originally similar but different cows. Kumamoto cattle have been bred for a long time, including Aso cattle, Yabe(Yamato)cattle, and Kuma cattle, all of which have their roots in the Korean Peninsula, and Simmental cattle (hair color is pale tan or reddish brown, with white face, white limbs, and back. A white patch also appeared) and improved a hybrid that was crossed. 「くまもとあか牛」 was registered as a japanese beef cow in 1944.

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