Russian cattlemen visit Colorado
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in conjunction with US Livestock Genetics Export Inc., recently hosted a delegation of Russian livestock producers. The group visited Colorado to learn about livestock practices and herd health management through sessions at Colorado State University (CSU) and ranch visits.
“Over the past two years, Colorado has hosted several Russian cattlemen with the goal of educating them about the benefits of buying Colorado cattle and genetics,” said Dawn Velásquez de Pérez, CDA international marketing specialist. “We hope through education and cooperation, Russian cattlemen will return to Colorado in the spring when they are making purchasing decisions.”
While in Colorado, the delegation visited Aristocrat Angus Ranch in Platteville, CO; Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch and Horton Feedlot in Wellington, CO; Figure Four Cattle Company in Somerset, CO; and Rocky Mountain Sire Services in Bennett, CO. They also attended seminars at CSU to learn about nutritional requirements, trade and disease issues, beef cattle genetics, and performance evaluations.
“The state’s recent cold weather presented a great opportunity to demonstrate how similar Colorado’s climate is to Russia,” said Velásquez de Pérez. “Our visitors felt that Colorado cattle would perform well in Russia and acclimation time would be minimal.” — WLJ