by Andrew Marshall
As Australia looks hopefully over the horizon to sell a lot more local livestock genetics into overseas herds, the seedstock industry here already rates as a big market for US cattle breeders, with “tremendous potential to get bigger”, says the US Livestock Genetic Export (USLGE) representative Marty Earnheart.
A meat and livestock marketing officer with the Montana Department of Agriculture, Mrs Earnheart was part of a team from the US promoting her state's 2.5 million breeding herd, and American cattle genetics generally, at this month's Beef Australia 2015 industry extravaganza in Rockhampton.
[EasyDNNGallery|2027|Width|400|Height|400|position|left|resizecrop|False|lightbox|False|title|False|description|True|redirection|False|LinkText||]Formed in 1994 by six beef breed associations and now boasting a membership of 58 breed societies, state agriculture departments and livestock brokers, USLGE has representatives at international livestock events every two to three weeks to promote its members' services.
South America is the biggest and fastest growing market for US cattle genetics including breeding animals, with Canada and Australia also leading buyers.
Until the past year Russia has taken a lot of live animals.
This was the third Beef Australia attended by USLGE delegates, with one of its representatives, Hereford breeder Bruce Thomas from Gold Creek, Montana, among those keen to go global with his family's stud genetics.
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Source: Queensland Country Life