Kazakh cowboys tour ND ranches
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Fifteen cattlemen from Kazakhstan have taken ranching tips back to their country after spending time with some veteran North Dakota cowboys.
Mark Archibald ranches near Hettinger and hosted a contingent of the Kazakhs last month. He says some of the Kazakhs don't have much experience with cattle so he and other ranchers helped out by showing how it's done in North Dakota.
Several Kazakh cattlemen in their 20s were among those touring North Dakota ranches, getting tips on everything from bovine nutrition and branding to vaccinations and bull castrations.
More than 5,000 Hereford and Angus cattle bred to withstand North Dakota winters have been sent to Kazakhstan recently to rebuild the country's beef industry, which was almost depleted after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.