|Gangneung, Gujeong. Cattle in Pen. 2019|
I came across this scene whilst cycling through the countryside in the southern part of Gangneung. Unlike most Korean cattle, who spend their lives in little sheds attached to farm houses, these cattle have a bit of space to walk around and enjoy the weather.
A bit of research tells me that this native breed of cattle was used mostly for ploughing until the 1960s when the country became indistrialised. It doesn’t give much milk so it is primarily raised now for beef. It’s main diet is rice straw though I suppose farmers must feed it something else as well to obtain the highly marbled meat that you find in grocery stores. It’s very expensive as well. I usually buy Australian beef because it’s readily available here and much cheaper than the local meat.