Location & climate Land Use Animals Education Staff Japanese


A series of study and education has been carried out on the land-used livestock production system aiming to harmonize with ecosystem. The research conducted at the Farm includes: studies on keeping native Hokkaido horses; high roughage feeding system for growing and fattening cattle; management system of grazing cattle in sloped pastures; behavioral studies of grazing animals in mountainous sloped lands; physico-chemical properties of the meadow soil; runoff on hill slope grassland.

Graduate students determining grazing behavior on woodland pasture in autumn

Research subjects in 2010
  1. Beef production with high-roughage feeding system included grazing
  2. Herbage production & nitrogen cycle in contiguous grazing on hilly pastures
  3. Monitoring on emission of greenhouse effect gases from pasture soil
  4. Dispersion of feed-crop growth relating with soil structure in wet fields
  5. Conservation & application of Hokkaido native horses
  6. Conservation & rehabilitation of forest-ecosystem using with livestock
  7. Effective shooting system for wild deer to control their population

    List of science articles studied in our farm (since 2000)

    Shingu Y, S.Kondo and H. HATA, Differences in grazing behavior of horses and cattle at the feeding station scale on woodland pasture. Animal Science Journal, 81:384-392 (2010)

    Jin T, Shimizu M, Marutani S, Desyatkin AR, Iizuka N, Hata H, Hatano R.: Effect of chemical fertilizer and manure application on N2O emission from reed canary grassland in Hokkaido, Japan. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 56(1), 53-65(2010)

    N. Ota , D. Mizuno, N. Kuboki, I. Igarashi, Y. Nakamura, H. Yamashina, T. Hanzaike, K. Fujii, S. Onoe, H. Hata, S. Kondo, S. Matsui, M. Koga, K. Matsumoto, H. Inokuma, and N. Yokoyama, Epidemiological survey of Theileria orientalis infection in grazing cattle in the eastern part of Hokkaido, Japan. The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 71: 937-944 (2009)

    Jilintai, N. Seino, D. Hayakawa, M. Suzuki, H. Hata, S. Kondo, K. Matsumoto, N. Yokoyama, H. Inokuma, Molecular Survey for Anaplasma bovis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum Infection in Cattle in a Pastureland where Sika Deer Appear in Hokkaido, Japan. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 62:73-75.(2009).

    Shimizu M. , S. Marutani , A. R. Desyatkin, T. Jin , H. Hata and R. Hatano, The effect of manure application on carbon dynamics and budgets in a managed grassland of Southern Hokkaido, Japan. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 130: 31?40 (2009)

    Jilintai, N. Seino, K.Matsumoto, D. Hayakawa, M. Suzuki, H. Hata, S. Kondo, N. Yokoyama and H. Inokuma, Serological and Molecular Survey of Rickettsial Infection in Cattle and Sika Deer in Hidaka District, Hokkaido, Japan. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases, 61: 315-317. (2008)

    Miyaji,M., Ueda,K., Kobayashi,Y., Hata,H. and Kondo,S., Fiber digestion in various segments of the hindgut of horses fed grass hay or silage. Animal Science Journal, 79: 339?346. (2008)

    Yamano,H., Koike, S., Kobayashi, Y., and Hata,H. Phylogenetic analysis of hindgut microbiota in Hokkaido native horses compared to light horses. Animal Science Journal, 79: 234?242. (2008)

    Miyaji,M., Ueda,K., Nakatsuji,H., Kobayashi,Y. Hata,H. and Kondo,S. Mean retention time of digesta in the different segments of the equine hindgut. Animal Science Journal, 79:89-96. (2008)

    Babiker, H.A.F., Nakatsu,Y., Yamada,K., Yoneda,A., Takada,A., Ueda,J., Hata, H., Watanabe,T., Bovine and water buffalo Mx2 genes; polymorphism and antiviral activity. Immunogenetics, 59:59-67. (2007)

    Mochida M., H. Fujita and H. Hata, Floristic composition of woodland pasture grazed by Hokkaido native horses in Shizunai, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Vegetation Science, 24:85-102.(2007)

    Kobayashi,Y., Koike,S., Miyaji,M., Hata, H. and Tanaka, K. Hindgut microbes, fermentation and their seasonal variations in Hokkaido native horses compared to light horses, Ecological Research 21:285-291. (2006)

    Birukawa,N., Ando,H., Goto,M., Kanda,N., Kanda,N., Pastene,L.A., Nakatsuji,H., Hata,H. and Urano,A. Plasma and urine levels of electrolytes, urea and steroid hormones involved in osmoregulation of cetaceans, Zoological Science 22:1245-1257. (2005)

    Hatano, R., Nagumo, T., Hata, H. and Kuramochi, K. Impact of nitrogen cycling on stream water quality in a basin associated with forest, grassland and animal husbandry, Hokkaido, Japan., Ecological Engineering, 24:509-515.(2005)

    Hata,H., Tomioka,T., Tanaka,K., Matsunaga,N. and Hidari,H. Effects of grazing on deposition of chemical body components, energy retention, and plasma hormones in steers, Animal Science Journal, 76:225-236.(2005)

    Ju,L.H., Onogi,A., Ueda,J., Yamada,K., Nakatsu,Y., Ueda,J., Ohe,M., Hata,H., Sasaki,K. and Watanabe,T. Polymorphic study of equine antiviral MxA gene, Biochem. Genet. 43:299-305.(2005)

    Miyaji M., K. Ueda, F. Yamada, Y. Kobayashi, H. Hata, H. Nakatsuji and S. Kondo, Chewing activity, particle size distribution of feces and total tract mean retention time of digesta in horses fed Timothy hay and silage, Animal Science Journal, 75:567-572.(2004)

    Masumura K., A. Matsuura, M. Takahashi, H. Hata, H. Nakatsuji and S. Kondo, Examination of a mood change before and after equitation using Japanese version POMS questionnaire, Jpn. J. Livest. Management, 40:127-133.(2004)

    Nakatsu,Y., Yamada,K., Ueda,J., Onogi,A., Ables,G.P., Nishibori,M., Takada,A., Hata,H., Sawai,K., Tanabe,Y., Morita,M., Daikohara,M. and Watanabe,T. Genetic polymorphisms and antiviral activity in the bovine Mx1 gene, Anim. Genet., 35:182-187. (2004).

    Matsuura A., N. Takita, H. Hata and S. Kondo, Spectral analysis of heart rate variability before and after equitation, Japan. J. Anim. Relat., 14:32-36(2004) Vega,R.A., Hidari,H., Matsunaga,N., Kuwayama,H., Manalo,D.D., Lee,H.G. and Hata,H. Plasma Leptin and Performance of Purebred and Backcrossed Hereford Throughout Grazing and Feedlot Fattening, Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 17: 954-959. (2004).

    Hata H.V.B. Dang, T. Namikawa and Y. Yamamoto, Outline of livestock feeding in farms kept native livestock in northern Vietnam, Rep. Soc. Res. Native Livestock, 21: 267-273(2004)

    Ueda K., M. Miyaji, Y.Kobayashi, H. Hata, S. Kondo and M. Okubo, Size distribution and fiber contents particles in digestive tract of an equine, Journal of Hokkaido Animal Science and Agriculture Society, 46:79-82.(2000)

    Matsuura,A., Takita,N., Shimgu,Y., Kondo,S., Matsui,A., Hiraga,A., Asai,Y., Hata,H. and Okubo,M. Rhythm analysis for movements of horse and rider an a tredmill by sequential still VTR pictures, J.Equine Sci., 14: 125-131. (2003)

    Taniguchi,K, Obitsu,T., Ohmura,H.,Hirata,A., Hata,H.,Aida,H.,Akiyama,K. and Tanaka,K. Use of a rigid-type polyethylene T-cannula, silicone tubing, and adhesion netting for surgical cannulation of ileum of the hores, J.Vet.Med.Sci., 65:927-930 (2003)

    Miyaji M., K. Ueda, H. Hata, T. Hanawa, S. Kondo and M. Okubo, Voluntary intake, digestibility and eating behavior of horses fed grass silage, Animal Science Journal, 74:213-219(2003)

    Takahashi H. and T. Sato, Vascular plants of livestock farm of Hokkaido University, Shizunai, Hidaka subprefecture, Hokkaido, Research Bulletin Livestock Farm Faculty of Agriculture Hokkaido University, 18:33-122.(2001)

    Inaba H., A. Kawashima, Y. Shingu, N. Ojima, T.Kaneda, H. Hata, S. Kondo and M. Okubo, Vegetation and ingested plants in woodland pasture utilized for grazing by Hokkaido native horses throughout decades, Research Bulletin Livestock Farm Faculty of Agriculture Hokkaido University, 18:17-32.(2001)

    Hata H., K. Ogawa, Y. Takahashi, T. Hanawa, H. Nakatsuji, S. Kondo and M. Okubo, Effects of feed type in annual high-roughage feeding system on feed intake, growth rate, digestibility and nitrogen balance in dairy heifers, Research Bulletin Livestock Farm Faculty of Agriculture Hokkaido University, 18:9-16.(2001)

    Ueda J., A. Ogino, Y. Takahashi, T. Nakajo, T. Tomikoka, K. Taira, H. Hata and H. Shimizu, PCR-RFLP analysis of extension locus in Hokkaido native horses, Research Bulletin Livestock Farm Faculty of Agriculture Hokkaido University, 18:1-7.(2001)

    Hata H. and H. Hidari, Characteristics in deposition of body components and endocrine response in grazing steers, Proceedings of Japanese Society for Animal Nutrition and Metabolism, 45:75-91.(2001)

    Shingu,Y., Kawai,M., Kondo,S., Hata,H. and Okubo,M. Digestibility and number of bites and chews on hay at fixed level in Hokkaido native horses and light halfbred horses in woodland pasture. J.Equine Sci., 12:145-147. (2001)

    Shingu,Y., Kawai,M., Kondo,S., Hata,H. and Okubo,M. Voluntary intake and behavior of Hokkaido native horses and light half-bred horses in woodland pasture. J.Equine Sci., 11:69-73. (2000)

    Shingu Y., H. Inaba, H. Hata, S. Kondo and M. Okubo, Voluntary intake and eating behaviour for hay in Hokkaido native horses and light half-bred horses, Hokkaido Animal Science and Agriculture Society, 42:63-66.(2000)

    Koike,S., Shingu,Y., Inaba,H., Kawai,M., Kobayasi,Y., Hata,H., Tanaka,K. and Okubo,M. Fecal bacteria in Hokkaido native horses as characterized by microscopic enumeration and competitive polymerase chain reaction assays. J.Equine Sci., 11:45-50 (2000)

    Kawai M., H. Inaba, S. Kondo, H. Hata and M. Okubo, Effect of summer and winter woodland grazing of Hokkaido native horses on growing of Sasa nipponica, Journal of Hokkaido Society of Grassland Science,34:23-27.(2000)

    Nakamura F., U.Goto, H.Tanaka, S. Kaidzu, T.Hanawa, H. Hata and S. Fukunaga, Age-related changes in the tendo musculus flexor digitorum superficialis of Hokkaido native horses, Journal of Hokkaido Animal Science and Agriculture Society, 42:29-34.(2000)