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first of 12 flights bringing Angus and Hereford cows to
Kazakhstan departed Tuesday from Fargo. The flight from Hector International Airport to
Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, takes about 22 hours
with stops in Gander, NF and Frankfurt, Germany.
On board the Boeing 747 aircraft are two North
Dakota ranchers and a veterinarian. Global Beef Consultants have been collaborating with the
Kazakhstan government for almost a year to get this $50
million project started. There are 12 confirmed shipments, about 170
cattle per flight, but more are anticipated.
Kazakhstan's beef industry has only about six
percent of the cattle they had before the collapse of
the Soviet Union in 1991. Kazakhstan picked North Dakota cattle after witnessing
the livestock withstand the harsh winters they also
have. The cattle come from ranches throughout the central and
western parts of North Dakota. This is a great opportunity for these ranchers
and also for the economy of North Dakota.
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