MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – A group of Kansans from the beef and cattle industry traveled to Mexico in November to promote trade in the product.
With the Idaho State Department of Agriculturethe Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a statement that he sent Kansans on a trade mission to Mexico in November. During the mission, he said Kansans Daniel Mushrush, Craig Guffey, Dr. Sara McReynolds and Suzanne Ryan-Numrich worked to build relationships and expand international marketing opportunities for purebred beef cattle genetics in the Mexico.
During the trade mission, the KDA said the team traveled to Tepatitlán to visit Rancho el Bosque, Rancho Buenavista, Mezquite Genetica de Posta el Cuatro and made contacts with local ranchers and entrepreneurs. In Aguascalientes, the team traveled to Rancho Puerto de Nieto and Rancho El Picacho, and networked with local ranchers to discuss potential market development opportunities and areas of collaboration.
Also during the team’s visit to Aguascalientes, fellow breeder and governor of Aguascalientes, Martín Orozco, hosted him at the ACREA Cattle Show and the National Charro Championship.
“The pandemic has really impacted our ability to showcase our genetics to a global audience,” Mushrush said. “It has been a very rewarding and valuable experience to finally be able to meet progressive cattle breeders who want to incorporate Kansas genetics into their herds.”
In 2020, the KDA said Kansas agricultural exports to Mexico totaled $1.45 billion. Mexico is the state’s largest trading partner for sunflowers and accounts for almost 36% of total agricultural exports. He said the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, which began to be implemented in July 2020, further strengthens the country’s agricultural relationship with Mexico.
“Mexico has approximately 131 million people to feed and is highly dependent on our agricultural exports to sustain its population,” Guffey said. “The ranches we visited were making progress in building better quality cattle. Much of the genetics we’ve seen used have been imported, which helps them build higher quality cattle in a shorter time.
According to the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual Report 2021, KDA said the cattle and feed industry is expected to grow in 2022.
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