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Breeders Send Biggest Post-BSE Export Boatload

25 October 2007

CANADA - A boatload of 2,217 Canadian purebred Angus, Holstein and Hereford cattle left for Russia Tuesday as part of Canada's biggest export of breeding stock since the discovery of BSE in Alberta in 2003.

The cattle were shipped from Quebec's Port de Becancour en route to Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, where they will be fanned out to five buyers in three regions of the country.

Alta Exports International sourced the shipment from over 400 farms in six provinces, including 1,000 bred Angus heifers, 50 Angus bulls, 800 Holstein heifers, 17 Holstein bulls, 340 bred Hereford heifers and 10 Hereford bulls, worth a total of almost $4 million for the producers involved.

Alta Exports has since 2004 gone on several trade missions with federal and provincial officials to help clear the path for exports of cattle, semen and embryos to Russia, the company said in a Canadian Beef Breeds Council release.

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Source: AlbertaFarmer


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