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Beautiful Naito Angus Beef Cattle Farm in Hokkaido

Make sure you watch this video. It was definitely one of my most enjoyable farmer interviews! Farmer Naito-san is hilarious and full of surprises. He had me laughing through the whole interview πŸ™‚

If you are interested in unique farms in Japan, then this article is definitely for you!

Naito-san breeds and raises his own Angus cattle on his farm in Hokkaido, which he inherited from his father and expanded after working on beef farms in Canada in his 20’s.

Key points:

  • Naito Farm specializes in Angus beef cattle. They breed their own calves (as well as buy some in) and after weaning he fattens them in his own feedlot which is situated on the property. This means the cattle never have to leave the farm – they are born, raised and fattened all on the same property, which is quite rare in Japan.
  • The property has 200 hectares – 50 hectares of pastures, and 150 hectares of natural forest. In winter, the cows take shelter in the forest from the snow.
  • You can buy Naito’s Angus beef online and have it delivered to your door!

If you would like to order Naito Angus Beef directly from the farm, send Naito-san an email (angus@phoenix-c.co.jp) and he will deliver to you in Tokyo! See their website orΒ here to see the beef cuts available.

See the video for the full interview!

 

Farmer Naito-san lived in Canada in his 20's and worked on an angus farm, which was one of his inspirations for expanding his farm in Hokkaido

Farmer Naito-san lived in Canada in his 20’s and worked on an angus farm, which was one of his inspirations for expanding his farm in Hokkaido

 

Naito Farm specializes in angus beef cattle. They breed their own calves (as well as buy some in) and after weaning he fattens them in his feedlot which is situated on his property. This means the cattle never have to leave the farm - they are born, raised and fattened all on the same property, which is quite rare in Japan.

Naito Farm specializes in angus beef cattle. They breed their own calves (as well as buy some in) and after weaning he fattens them in his own feedlot which is situated on the property. This means the cattle never have to leave the farm – they are born, raised and fattened all on the same property, which is quite rare in Japan.

 

Naito-san loves to breed and raise the cattle as naturally as possible. He even has his own Angus bull which he runs with the herd. This is very rare in Japan, as most properties use Artificial Insemination (AI).

Naito-san loves to breed and raise the cattle as naturally as possible. He even has his own Angus bull which he runs with the herd. This is very rare in Japan, as most properties use Artificial Insemination (AI).

 

The angus bull was super friendly! So quite and placid. Naito-san just walked up and started stroking him on his neck. Even I could walk up close and he didn't walk away. Amazing!

The angus bull was super friendly! So quite and placid. Naito-san just walked up and started stroking him on his neck. Even I could walk up close and he didn’t walk away. Amazing!

 

This is me! Haha. I lay down in the grass so the cows would not be afraid of me. I used to do this all the time when I was a kid. The cows are so curious, that after a few minutes they come up close and sniff your clothes and your hair. So much fun!

This is me! I lied down in the grass so the cows would not be afraid of me. I used to do this all the time when I was young.Β The cows are so curious, that after a few minutes they come up close and sniff your clothes and your hair. So much fun! One of the best ways to get up close with the farm animals and gain their trust. Even the baby calves came up close to say hi to me πŸ™‚

 

Thank you Naito-san for introducing us to your beautiful farm! It was so wonderful to meet you and to see how your cattle are raised. It must be amazing to see it in winter too with the snow!

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