Typical Miratorg ranch unit
Typical Miratorg ranch unit, one of 33 similar units with the same design. Beef cattle facilities are designed to meet animal welfare needs and cowboys have been taught low-stress handling procedures.
A typical Miratorg beef cattle operation is about 12,500 acres or more and each unit has approximately 5,000 cows.
High stocking rate
This picture was taken May 27, 2014 and shows a typical Miratorg pasture. During the growing season, the stocking rate is a cow-calf pair per 1-1.25 acres as the area receives 30 inches of rain annually.
A typical Miratorg ranch unit comprised of (left to right) Irina, an interpreter; Ben, an Eastern Oregon cowboy; Nikolay, a Russian veterinarian; and Sergey, a manager.
Montana cowboy in Russia
Bob Sager, DVM, stands in front of a Miratorg ranch unit near Bryansk, Russia.
Steers in the Miratorg feedlot. When finished, they'll be harvested in the Miratorg packing plant about a mile away.
steers at rest
Feedlot steers in the Miratorg facility enjoy the early spring weather.
49,000 head feedlot
The first Miratorg feedlot was built in 2013 and has a capacity of up to 49,000 head. A similar feedlot is being built next to the existing facility and will be completed in the summer of 2014 to handle the 45,000 steer calves that will be weaned in the fall.
More than 30,000 steers were received at the Miratorg feedlot on May 27 and 28 that were shipped from Perth, Australia on a ship for 32 days and then trucked from a Black Sea port to Bryansk, Russia. These steers will be fed out to meet a contract for the fall of 2014.
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