Nearly 40 reddish-brown cows and calves roaming a ranch in southeast Kansas are part of Koch Industries' efforts to remake the domestic cattle industry by producing higher percentages of top-grade beef at little extra cost, according to an official of Koch Agriculture's Matador Cattle Co.

Akaushi cattle, which produce the Kobe beef served at many upscale restaurants, are being raised on the Spring Creek Ranch in Greenwood County. Koch also has herds in Texas and Montana.

Koch is breeding both full-blood cattle and half-blood offspring, mixing Akaushi bulls with its own high-quality herd.

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