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Montana Department of Agriculture looking for two beef genetics representatives

Could be part of trade mission with Australia

In an attempt to aid Australia’s beef herd, which is expected to fall to 27.6 million head because of drought, Montana’s Department of Agriculture is looking for two representatives within the beef genetics community to join a trade mission to Australia.

Australia is currently Montana’s second largest consumer for beef semen purchases, but representatives from Montana have never visited Australia.

“This is an exciting opportunity to grow in an important market and build on existing relationships,” said Marty Earnheart, Meats and Livestock Marketing Officer.

The dates aren’t final as of yet, but they would more than likely coincide with the 2015 Beef Australia exposition, currently set for May 4 – 9, 2015. The expo is only held once every three years and features more than 4,500 cattle from over 30 breeds and brings together industry professionals to facilitate trade and export conversation.

“Although Australia’s herd size is only about a quarter of the United States, they are expanding their international beef trade. By showcasing Montana’s high-quality beef genetics, we see significate market potential,” explained Earnheart.

Any beef genetics industry professionals interested in being part of the trade mission to Australia can contact Marty Earnheart.

Applicants must have a valid passport and must be prepared to pay for half of the expenses.

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