Turkey Calling for VA Cows


Nothing says customer satisfaction like return business, especially when the purchase is as substantial as cattle, and the buyer and seller are 5,000 miles apart.

In December, 2007, Turkish buyers purchased more than 1,800 bred Holstein, Angus and Hereford heifers through Culpeper, Virginia exporter T. K. Exports, Inc. With assistance from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, exporter Gordon Thornhill had assembled a shipment of cattle that met the buyers’ stringent requirements.

Less than seven months later, the same exporter, again working with VDACS, repeated the process, shipping more than 1,000 Black Angus beef heifers and 1,000 bred Holstein heifers to waiting purchasers in Turkey.

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