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Japan Farmer Interview: Kosmos Brown Swiss Beef Cattle Farm in Hokkaido

Hi Everyone!

Did you see my recent post about the Brown Swiss beef from Kosmos Farm that I ordered online from Hokkaido?

I had the opportunity to visit the farm and interview the owner Ando-san!

This beef is one of the most AMAZING lean beef that I have ever tasted. It is so rich in flavor that you don’t even need any sauce, or salt or pepper.

It is delicious just on its own.

How does the owner Ando-san achieve such high quality beef from this European cattle that is traditionally raised for their milk?

See the video below for the exclusive interview!

 

3 Key Points about Kosmos Farm:

  1. High quality air and water – Kosmos farm is located at the foot of the Hidaka mountain range in Hokkaido, bringing refreshing wind and clean water from the mountains which is very important for raising healthy high quality cattle.
  2. Probiotics – Kosmos Farm uses a unique feeding method that leverages the power of microorganisms to promote maintain good body bacteria in the cattle
  3. HACCP certified – newly accredited since 2014 to further enhance their production of safe and secure beef

How did Kosmos Farm start the Brown Swiss brand “Tokachi Boya Beef”?

There is a lovely story behind the Brown Swiss brand. One day, a Brown Swiss calf arrived on the truck from a dairy farm in Kanto area along with a consignment of Holstein cattle by mistake. Rather than send the Brown Swiss calf back, Ando’s mother decided to keep him. All the farm staff fell in love with this Brown Swiss calf’s friendly temperament, that Ando’s mother started to buy Brown Swiss calves on purpose. The dairy farmers heard about Ando’s mother and started to call her and ask her if she wanted their male Brown Swiss calves too (as the dairy farmers only wanted the females as replacement cattle in their dairy herd). From there their numbers of Brown Swiss steers grew and grew, and that is how the Kosmos Farm Brown Swiss “Tokachi Boya beef” brand started!

Kosmos Farm Brown Swiss beef is now in high demand. It is has been featured on the menu at restaurants in Tokyo, such as the Italian Bunryu restaurant in Takadanobaba, and &ecle which is a French Restaurant in Aoyama.

To order Kosmos Farm Brown Swiss beef online and have it delivered to your home in Japan, order through their website here. If you don’t understand Japanese, please send Ando-san a message on their mail form (enter the following details 1. Name 2. Email address 3. Message subject 4. Message content), and he will get back to you!

Entrance to Kosmos Farm

Entrance to Kosmos Farm showing their HACCP certification

We first talked about with Ando-san in his office on the farm. It was a beautiful wooden building they built a few years ago where they hold meetings and parties. Even jazz parties!

We first talked with Ando-san in his office on the farm. It was a beautiful wooden building they built a few years ago where they hold meetings and parties. Even jazz parties!

Beautiful farm office with a long table for meetings and dinner parties. Must be so much fun!

Beautiful farm office with a long table for meetings and dinner parties. Must be so much fun!

Ands-San took us on a tour of the building and explained the history of the farm.

Ands-San took us on a tour of the building and explained the history of the farm and their new products.

Interview with Ando-san on the farm with his Brown Swiss cattle behind us.

Interview with Ando-san on the farm with his Brown Swiss cattle behind us.

The Brown Swiss cattle were SO friendly and placid. They kept licking my shirt and giving me kisses! Ando-san explained that their calm temperament makes them perfect to raise as beef cattle as well as for dairy, and it contributes to their high meat quality as they are never stressed. Very happy cattle!

The Brown Swiss cattle were SO friendly and placid. They kept licking my shirt and giving me kisses! Ando-san explained that their calm temperament makes them perfect to raise as beef cattle as well as for dairy, and it contributes to their high meat quality as they are never stressed. Very happy cattle!

Kisses! I wish I could stay with them all day! No wonder Ando-san and his team at Kosmos Farm love them so much ;)

Kisses! I wish I could stay with them all day! No wonder Ando-san and his team at Kosmos Farm love them so much 😉

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