Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From North Dakota to Kazakhstan: 2,040 Cattle via 747 Jet

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Today's most unusual and interesting Ag story came out of North Dakota:

ND cattle airlifted in major export sale to Kazakhstan

As a result of ongoing trade efforts begun in 2006, today a 747 jet carried the first shipment of 160 cattle housed in large metal crates from Fargo, North Dakota to Astana, Kazakhstan. This marks the beginning of a $50 million project and the sale of 2,040 cattle to be airlifted from North Dakota to Kazakhstan so that Kazakhstan can develop and grow its cattle operations, which dwindled from 35 million head in 1991 to 2 million head as a result of economic supply and demand shocks.

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