South Dakota is latest to visit Russia, talk cattle trade


By Codi Vallery-Mills, Cattle Business Weekly

via Watertown Public Opinion - December 27, 2012 12:22 pm


Thousands of live cattle cross the ocean each year to be placed into Russian cattle operations from the United States. The US Department of Commerce reports 61,000 head left the U.S. for Russia between May 2011and May 2012. Cattlemen in the region, like Eldon Krebs in Nebraska and Darrell Stevenson in Montana, are among the pioneers who have successfully shipped cattle to the old USSR.


There will continue to be opportunity for American cattle operations to supply cattle genetics to Russia's cattle industry, as it is just in its infancy. Because of this, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture conducted a trade mission of sorts to the country in October...