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North Dakota Cows Take Boeing 747 From Fargo to Kazakhstan
October 12, 2010

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Cow FlightThe 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.


The remaining flights will operate at least weekly into December.

Click here to watch a video (11mb) of the aircraft departing Fargo .

Click here to watch a video (12mb) of the aircraft departing Fargo with snow .

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