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Published August 22, 2014, 01:29 PM

Beef genetics trade mission to Russia cancelled

Because of uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.

By: Agweek staff report,

PIERRE, S.D. — Because of uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.

“Unfortunately, after two successful trade missions in 2012 and 2013 led by SDDA, a return mission this fall will not happen,” says Ty Eschenbaum, SDDA ag development representative. “The focus of this trade mission was beef cattle genetics; no sanctions or bans had any direct effect on this market segment. However, after evaluating the situation, the overall political climate and uncertainty makes a trip to Russia less desirable for the objectives of the mission. We will re-evaluate this trip in 2015, as we still see great opportunity in the Russian market.”

South Dakota producers and private industry should expect continued opportunities for shipping live cattle, semen and embryos to Russia.

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