Birth Date: May 29, 1992
Registration No.: #FB2101
Blood % : 100
JVP Fukutsuru 068 is perhaps the most famous Wagyu sire in U.S. history, and certainly the prime example of Tajima bloodlines. He leads all sires in marbling in the 2006 U.S. Wagyu Sire Summary (published by Washington State University), outpacing all other Wagyu sires by a broad margin. He also headed the previous Sire Summary, published in 2001. Japanese Venture Partners (JVP) imported Fukutsuru 068 into the United States in 1994.
Fukutsuru 068 has a current marbling EPD of +.752, with the next highest bull assigned +.534. And his lineage is a star-studded affair: Fukutsuru 068’s sire is the offspring of Yasumi Doi J10328 and Kikutsuru J978542, two of the most famous Japanese Wagyu. (Kikutsuru J978542 was nicknamed the Hyogo Cow, Hyogo being the home prefecture of genuine Japanese Kobe Beef.) Fukutsuru 068 traces twice to Kikutsuru J978542, who was born in 1967 and gave birth to 16 calves, seven of whom became famous.
Fukutsuru 068 also traces twice to Yasumi Doi J10328, the sire of Yasutanidoi J472 and Monjiro 11550, and grandsire of Yasufuku 930.
Yasumi Doi J10328 is considered to be one of the most prominent members of the Tajima/Tajiri line, cattle descended from Tajiri, a sire born in the Mikata District of Hyogo Prefecture. The Tajiri is an influential sire line to which almost all strains within Hyogo Prefecture are related. This lineage is known for good temperaments, demonstrated by its large number of influential sires. They also express smaller frames and a lower growth rate.
With these bloodlines and lineage, it is no wonder that Fukutsuru 068 has been proven by Washington State University as the number one marbling bull in the Sire Summary.