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Published October 30, 2012, 12:41 PM

North Dakota cattle taking hold in Kazakhstan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state trade official says North Dakota-bred cattle are successfully taking root in a former Soviet republic but many of Kazakhstan's cowboys are still greenhorns.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state trade official says North Dakota-bred cattle are successfully taking root in a former Soviet republic but many of Kazakhstan's cowboys are still greenhorns.

North Dakota Trade Office Executive Director Dean Gorder says about a dozen Kazakhstan cowboys are slated to work on North Dakota ranches next month for an intensive two-week crash-course in tending cattle.

About 5,000 hardy cattle bred to withstand North Dakota's harsh winters have been airfreighted to Kazakhstan over the past two years to help rebuild the country's cattle industry. About 3,000 more cows are slated to be shipped this fall.

Gorder says Kazakhstan's new cattle herd appears to be thriving thanks largely to North Dakota's cattle genetics and help from cowboys the oil-rich country has hired from North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

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