Russia has only about a half-million beef cattle but wants to increase that figure sharply in the next decade.
Cowboys, quarter horses and 1,434 purebred beef cattle — just add grasslands, and you've got a transplanted Montana ranch.
Those livestock basics — plus some training in animal care — is what Montana cattle producers have shipped to southwestern Russia, where the landscape is similar to the grassy High Plains of eastern Montana. It's part of a Russian subsidized deal to make that country's cattle industry more self-sufficient.
"It's like an instant ranch," says Kate Loose, a representative of one of the Montana ranchers involved in the deal.
Most of the cattle departed by aircraft, with the last shipment touching down Thursday in Moscow before heading to the Voronezh region.
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