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Published December 12, 2013, 12:37 PM

Kazakhstan yet to ink deal for cold-hardy North Dakota cows

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota company that has sent thousands of the state's winter-hardy cows to Kazakhstan since 2010 has yet to ink a deal this year with the oil-rich country.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota company that has sent thousands of the state's winter-hardy cows to Kazakhstan since 2010 has yet to ink a deal this year with the oil-rich country.

Bismarck-based Global Beef Consultants co-owner Dan Price says the former Soviet republic increasingly is importing cows from Canada and Australia to help build its beef industry.

But he says a deal may still be in the works for North Dakota cattle.

More than 5,000 Angus and Hereford cows bred to withstand North Dakota's brutal-cold winters have been airfreighted in jumbo jets to Kazakhstan over the past three years.

Mandan rancher Fred Helbling says he's provided cattle for the Kazakhs in past years. But he says a strong domestic market may be driving prices higher than the Kazakhs want to pay.

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