Cows embrace the forests and clear streams of Tokyo Have you tasted “Akikawa beef”?

Takeuchi Ranch production area is located in the middle of nature

Raise over 200 Akikawa cows

The average weight right before shipping is 800 kg. The black cow giant is very powerful when viewed from a close distance.
At Takeuchi Farm, where Akikawa cattle are raised, 10-month-old calves are purchased from the wet rice area of ​​Iwate Prefecture and fattened here for 20 months.
Over 200 are continuously propagated on the farm, and about 10 are sent to the market once a month. Akikawa beef is produced in the cycle of buying 10 calves one after another.

Clear stream in Akikawa valley

Takeuchi Ranch’s location is lush “Tokyo” with stunning mountain views, contrasting with the image of the big city TOKYO. It belonged to Akikawa city formerly in the area known as Sugao in Akiruno City.
Referring to Akikawa, one knows the Akikawa Valley, a national park that connects the headwaters of the Tama River, Lake Okutama, and the clear water that includes fishes such as Iwana, Yamame and Nijimasu, and Tokyo Sansho, as well. is the image character of Akiruno City. The creatures are as rare as inhabited.

The natural environment revived

After the era of high economic growth, there were times when the environment was degraded, but in the last 20 years, the development of the drainage system has made many progress and the prevention of river pollution caused by domestic wastewater. has become possible. Since then, the natural environment has been significantly revived, and the water and air have regained their former purity.

Cow farm history, struggle with reality

Change jobs from salaried employees to farm owners

“A lot of people thought it came from Tokyo, but this is the environment for raising cattle like Matsusaka beef and Yonezawa beef. The spring water near the Akikawa valley that I always drink, makes the meat delicious.
That’s what the farm’s Takahide Takeuchi said.
I used to work for a dairy product company, but when the company asked me to switch to a department I didn’t want, I changed jobs in 2000. Joined livestock with my father. and become the second rancher.

The balance is tons tons. Compost profit

Mr. Takeuchi said that he grew up seeing his father seriously working on the cows and helping him every weekend even when he was at his previous job, so he doesn’t hesitate to change his job. job. It is said that he is acutely aware that there is no time stress or relationship tension between people compared to when he was a salaryman.
However, being a business is “not as profitable as working at the company”.
Including the cost of calves and feed, as well as the time and effort to raise the weight, the weight is still tons no matter how high the selling price is. Profits are compost that can be made from cow manure at zero cost. Demand is high in Tokyo due to the large amount of greenery produced and Takeuchi Farm supplies large amounts of compost.

From dairy farm to beef farm

About 40 years ago, when Mr. Takeuchi was still a child, when his father started farming, he had a dairy cow as a dairy farmer. Therefore, while transporting non-milking males for meat, we turn to a farm exclusively for beef cattle. Finally, I bought calves from Iwate and started transferring Japanese black beef from Tokyo.
I used to keep steer cows (males), but now I only buy and raise females that can produce softer and more delicious meat.

The birth of the brand “Akikawa beef”

Matsumura Meat Shop’s recommended beef brand

When Mr. Takeuchi began to dedicate himself to the farm’s work, branding was triggered by selling the local specialty beef, commonly known as “Akikawa beef”, at the “Agricultural Center. Akikawa residents “, a direct sales office for agricultural produce in the old city of Akikawa.
Then, in 2008, we received an offer from the Matsumura Meat Store, which is focusing on local specialties, to formally brand Akikawa beef, and register as a beef brand at Tokyo Meat Market.

High quality + freshness of local production and consumption is the attraction

Currently, the meat certified and distributed as Akikawa beef is the beef shipped from this Takeuchi farm and the evaluation when it is a cut (half-carcass) is defined as A4 or higher (A5 is top level).
It is a nice looking marble-colored meat with the optimal balance between red meat and white (fat) sashimi.
In addition to its high quality, Akikawa beef is also an agricultural product that is locally produced and consumed locally in Tokyo, a major consuming area. There is also a major attraction that it can be offered fresher than other types of beef.

Pride and love make the only cow brand in Tokyo

Worked to produce rare brand beef in Tokyo. Although Mr. Takeuchi said, “Not profitable”, Mr. Takeuchi’s pride and love of his work cannot be replaced.
The key to the further development of farm management as a business is scaling up. Mr. Takeuchi has spent his busy days taking care of cows and distributing the compost, hoping that more people will be able to enjoy Akikawa beef by increasing the amount of breeding and shipping and distribution. I’m.

To the future successors

Raising Japanese beef for meat in a natural land and elevating the Akikawa beef brand yourself. The potential is huge and this could be a great opportunity for those looking to get into the cattle breeding sector in Tokyo.
Finally, the rancher sent me a message like this.
“I welcome anyone who really wants to get their hands on the job or take up the challenge. I would be happy if anyone could succeed with me.”