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The word Wagyu is a [[breeds|breed]] of Japanese beef cattle ('Wa' means Japanese or japanese-style and 'gyu' means cattle).
 
The word Wagyu is a [[breeds|breed]] of Japanese beef cattle ('Wa' means Japanese or japanese-style and 'gyu' means cattle).
  
Cattle were first introduced into Japan in the 2nd century to provide power for the cultivation of rice. Because of the rugged terrain, migration was slow and restricted. Cattle tended to be isolated in small areas and each area had essentially a closed population.
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From 1635 to 1868, the cow herd in Japan was officially closed by mandate of the Shogun. And except for a short period during the Meiji Restoration in the late 1800's the national herd has remained closed to this day.
 
 
 
Although,there are reports that most of the cattle were influenced by British and Continental breeds for a few generations nearly 100 years ago. Brown Swiss, Shorthorn, Devon, Simmental, Ayrshire, Korean, Holstein and Angus had been imported by 1887 and impacted today's Wagyu.
 
 
 
Crossbreeding was prominent for several years, but when the price of crossbreds collapsed in 1910 no further crossbreeding was conducted. The result was selection for specific traits determined by region and extensive linebreeding was used to achieve those traits.
 

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The word Wagyu is a breed of Japanese beef cattle ('Wa' means Japanese or japanese-style and 'gyu' means cattle).

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