Colorado Department of Agriculture exploring Russia as market for states cattle

Nov 6, 2009
by WLJ
Colorado Department of Agriculture exploring Russia as market for state’s cattle

Dawn Velásquez de Pérez with the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Markets Division and Colorado cattleman Gary Volk traveled to Moscow, Russia, in October to explore new prospects for marketing Colorado cattle in Russia.

“I’ve seen the market potential grow since our first trip in 2007, and many states are already taking advantage of this opportunity,” said Pérez. “We hope Colorado will also become partners with the Russian cattle industry through the export of live cattle, semen and embryos.”

Pérez and Volk met with key Russian decision makers who are interested in beginning or are in the early stages of beef operations. They also participated in the U.S. Livestock Genetic Export’s booth at the Golden Autumn Trade Show within the U.S. Pavilion. This show provides a forum for Colorado cattlemen to connect with Russian partners interested in purchasing U.S. livestock and genetics. The Pavilion featured information about Colorado’s cattle industry along with the new “Legacy of Cattle in Colorado” DVD from the Colorado Beef Council.

In addition to attending the show, Colorado repre sentatives met with the Peoples Friendship University of Russia who are interested in purchasing U.S. cattle for their test ranch and are exploring the possibility of being a showroom for U.S. cattle for Russian breeders. Possible future events include hosting a Russian delegation to Colorado in December and welcoming representatives to the National Western Stock Show in January.

If you are interested in selling live cattle, semen and embryos to Russia, contact Pérez at 303/ 239-4123 or e-mail Dawn. — WLJ