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Hanwoo - bull - Korea

Hanwoo
한우
(most common name)

(local/other name):
• Han Uh
• Hanu
also named (English):
• Korean Brown
• Korean Native
also named (Japanese):
• Chosen

The Hanwoo is an indigenous breed; Hanwoo with brown coats are the most numerous in Korea.

The Hanwoo was, until recently, used primarily for work due to their docility. Mechanization and an expanded economy has made them now more valued for their meat.

The Hanwoo produces premium beef with exceptional marbling; intramuscular fat content averages 11.3% (to compare, Australian Angus has only 5.7%). Milk production is poor. Rice straw is their main source of roughage.

Hanwoo’, as a name, is used in many reference sources as an overall name for all Korean native cattle, in the same way that ‘Wagyu’ is used in Japan to encompass all Japanese cattle. DAD-IS lists the following four native breeds in Korea separately:
Chikso
Hanwoo
Heugu
Jeju Black Cattle


You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® Korea and read about other Korean cattle breeds.

The Cow Wall® A-Z Cattle Breed Picture Reference to see other breeds of cattle in the world.