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July Yonhap: Hanwoo farmers worried about uncertain market

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SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) — Kim Kee-Seong has operated a small ranch with about 100 prized Hanwoo cattle in the Hoengseong countryside in Gangwon Province, about 137 kilometers east of Seoul, for the past 30 years. Housed in pens just a few yards from his front porch, the cows are close to the farmer, now well into his 60s, both literally and figuratively.

“I grew up on a farm in Hoengseong,” he says. “These cows are my livelihood and they represent a tradition for my family and for all of Korea.”
Indeed, the free-range Hanwoo cattle are extolled by government organizations and citizens alike for being of much higher quality and taste than their factory-farmed American cousins.

When asked what makes the Hanwoo meat so tender, the 165-centimeters-tall farmer cracks a smile and says, “It’s a secret. But I’ll say that it’s 50 percent good breeding and 50 percent the raising process.” When it comes time to talk about the business though, Kim gets more serious.

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