The international marketing of the Beefmaster breed is a high priority to Beefmaster Breeders United. Beefmaster cattle have enjoyed a rapidly growing international footprint, with established associations in 9 countries worldwide. Those innovative cattlemen have seen the tremendous strengths Beefmasters bring to their own genetic improvement programs. Top genomic seedstock are now in demand with export and cargo value exceeding $1 million for livestock and $250,000 for frozen genetics (semen and embryos) since 2009. In 2020, farmers and the Thai Department of Livestock Development imported over 100 live animals and 10,000 units of semen; 2020 exports were up to $920,450 and year-to-date 2021 reported sales totaled over $1.7 million and continue to grow. Most of the international growth for the Beefmaster breed has been accomplished with a partnership with USLGE and funding from USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
Source: The Beefmaster Cowman, February 2022
USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has awarded fiscal year 2022 (FY22) funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods. Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $175.6 million for FY22 to 67 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives, which will use the funds to support U.S. producers with marketing and promotion activities around the globe, including market research, technical assistance, and support for participation in trade fairs and exhibits. Under the foreign Market Development (FMD) program, FAS will allocate $26.8 million for FY22 to 21 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers to conduct activities that help maintain or increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities overseas.
USDA has published the list of organizations that will receive FY22 MAP awards and FMD awards, and USLGE has been allocated $1,686,784 in MAP funds and $121,381 in FMD funds. To learn more about MAP, FMD and other FAS programs, visit www.fas.usda.gov.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
With USLGE funding support, Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will facilitate an online beef breeding webinar to help increase Wisconsin's beef and dairy genetic export to China. The broadcast will take place on December 24, 2021, China local time, and target Chinese farm managers, importers, government officials, and others about the quality, value, and standards of U.S. and Wisconsin’s beef and dairy cattle genetics. The online host will be Hoard's Dairyman China. For more details or to participate, please contact Jennifer Lu, Economic Development Consultant, International Agribusiness Center, Wisconsin DATCP: email@example.com, 608-347-1852.
Source: News, December 2021, International Agribusiness Center, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The application deadline for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) trade mission has been extended to Friday, November 12. The UAE has long been one of the top export destinations in the Middle East for U.S. consumer-oriented food products. Join USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service on February 16–21, 2022, for its trade mission to Dubai, UAE, to explore the many opportunities that await U.S. exporters in the region. Trade mission delegates will conduct business-to-business meetings with potential customers, receive in-depth market briefings from USDA and industry trade experts, and participate in site visits, including including Dubai Expo 2020. For more information, visit https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) International will be traveling to Slovenia and Denmark in December to host Quality Samples Program (QSP) technical educational seminars on artificial insemination with frozen semen. The Quality Samples Program (QSP) enables potential customers around the world to discover the quality and benefits of U.S. agricultural products, including genetic material from American Quarter Horse stallions. In June 2021, AQHA International was granted Federal funding via USLGE to support 2 QSP activities in Denmark and Slovenia. As part of this program, AQHA will work with affiliates in those countries to import export-qualified frozen semen from U.S. stallions to diversify the gene pool in those markets, produce more registered American Quarter Horses, and showcase the quality of U.S. exports.
Source: American Quarter Horse Association
USLGE participated in Agroexpo for the first time this year. According to Martin Sieber, USLGE President/CEO, this is a one-stop shop for those interested in importing U.S. cattle (meat and dairy), equine, swine and small ruminants, as well as their germplasm. [Article in Spanish]