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Agriculture Press Release

August 13, 1999

Government of Turkey Seeking Bids for Dairy Breeding Cattle

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today advised Florida dairy farmers that the Government of Turkey is seeking bids to import 6,000 head of pregnant Holstein-Friesian cattle.

Only producers in the United States and Germany have been invited to submit bids to Turkeys Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs under its Livestock Development Program. Potential bidders must deposit $1,250 to a Ministry account to obtain a full set of specifications and bidding documents, and all bids must be submitted by 3 p.m., August 24.

The bidding process was opened to U.S. producers after a delegation from Florida, including a representative from the Departments Division of Marketing and Development, made a 10-day livestock trade mission to Turkey in July.

The Government of Turkey will send a two- or three-person selection committee to the United States, with costs to be jointly funded by the Ministry and the livestock seller. The selection of cattle will be made from pregnant heifers that have certificates of identification and performance for dairy breeding females. Heifers should be 4-months to 6-months pregnant, with an average age of 19 to 28 months. The seller also must provide technical assistance to contribute to the successful adaptation of the cattle.

For complete information about the bidding process, call: Adnan Gultek, Deputy Director, General Directorate of Agricultural Production and Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (90-312) 418-9729 or fax (90-312) 425-2016.

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For more information:

Debra Cox
(850) 488-4366
Diane Hadley
(850) 488-4366

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