Photo by Codi Vallery-Mills--
Argentine cattleman, Martin Garat, enjoyed the ranch tours in North Dakota stating the cattle and feed resources were similar to the Buenos Aires region where he lives in South America. Garat was part of a Genex Cooperative Inc. tour that made stops in several U.S. states this June.
Photo by Codi Vallery-Mills-- Argentine cattleman, Martin Garat, enjoyed the ranch tours in North Dakota stating the cattle and feed resources were similar to the Buenos Aires region where he lives in South America. Garat was part of a Genex Cooperative Inc. tour that made stops in several U.S. states this June.


By Codi Vallery-Mills

 

On June 27-28 three North Dakota ranches welcomed guests from Argentina and Brazil to their cattle operations. 

As part of a tour coordinated by Genex Cooperative Inc., Strommen Ranch, Ellingson Angus and Schaff Angus Valley showed their cattle and talked ranching with the group that consisted of veterinarians, Cooperative Resource International sales reps, and cattle owners. 

The tour has spanned two weeks, first starting in Kansas and making its way north through Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and will end in Billings, Mont. at the Genex production center.

At the Strommen Ranch stop, South American cattle owner and veterinarian Martin Garat visited with Cattle Business Weekly about his first time in America.

“It is awesome. Everything is so big and organized here,” he says. 

Garat is from the Buenos Aires region of Argentina. He has 800 cows, and several hundred head of steers and heifers each. He remarked that the cattle he had seen in North Dakota were the type of cows he preferred as producers in the state didn’t feed as much corn and relied on pasture.

“That is same with us. We use pasture and the cows graze corn fields after harvest,” Garat says. 

One big difference between cattle operations in Argentina and the U.S. is that families are more involved, according to Garat.

“It’s all family work here. We have to pay gauchos or helpers, we don’t have the different family to work,” Garat says.