A recent Beefmaster Panama reverse trade mission was hosted in Missouri and by all accounts, exceeded expectations. Last week nine Panamanian guests visited several Beefmaster ranches throughout Missouri. This trip was coordinated by Andrea Powell and Kayla Otto with the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the BBU International Committee. The nine Panama guests were Jaime Cano, Ney Pimentel, Cristobal Coronel, Eduardo Chiu, Armando Chiu, Feliciano Gonzalez, Diccon Curry, Roderick Alexander Gonzalez Murray and Blanca Gomez.
Thank you to our Beefmaster breeders who graciously hosted the guests at their ranches: Wallen Prairie Ranch (Paul & Rhonda Wallen) of Lockwood, Mo., St. Clair Beefmasters (Craig & Karen Johnson) of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Cedar Springs Beefmaster (Dr. Roger and Cindy Holden) of Conway, Mo., and Jerry Glor Beefmasters of Halfway, Mo.
Through this reverse trade mission it is the hope of the international committee to encourage trade between the United States and Panama and to sell Beefmaster genetics to the cattlemen and women of Panama. The tentative and preliminary trade numbers are in from this reverse trade mission and the international committee believes these numbers are going to be enhanced even further, as more transactions are currently being discussed.
At least 18 animals, 600+ straws of semen and 10 embryos are going back to Panama with an estimated cost of over $60,000. This will be a big boost to BBU’s relationship with MDA and, hopefully, set the stage for more joint missions.