With about 5,000 Angus and Hereford cattle from North Dakota already shipped in the past two years, Kazakhstan continues to rebuild its cattle industry by sending cowboys to North Dakota for hands-on training.
Cattle from the northwest United States are doing so well in Kazakhstan’s cold climate that the country plans to fly another 3,000 North Dakota-bred cows this fall. Cattle arrive in a new country with cold climate similar to home.
According to the Associated Press the livestock from North Dakota with thicker coats and more marbling and fatty tissue aren’t gaining weight as they would in the United States because feed available in Kazakhstan does not have the nutritional value a typical rancher in North Dakota will use.
While Kazakhstan continues to rebuild its cattle herds, which dropped from 35 million in the early 1990s to around 2 million, ranch hands from the Great Plains have moved to the country to help.
Now, Dean Gorder, executive director of the North Dakota Trade Office, claims about 12 cowboys from Kazakhstan will spend two weeks in November learning how to care for the cattle. Gorder told the Associated Press the training is exclusively hands-on training on the ranch.
Dan Price and his brother Bill, co-owners of Global Beef Consultants LLC, have worked with Kazakhstan over the past two weeks negotiating the deal to ship more cattle overseas via jumbo jet.
"They're building up their herd and they seem to be pleased with our cows," Dan Price said.