– “Dairy cows to be shipped from Olympia to Vietnam”
By Don Jenkins, Capital Press:
“A Missouri-based exporter will ship 1,400 dairy cows from the Port of Olympia to Vietnam this month, opening a trade link first broached 20 years ago.”
“Before leaving the country, the cows will be briefly held and examined by U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians at Schorno Agri-Business in Yelm, about 20 miles from the port.
Schorno’s president, Glenn Schorno, said his father, Larry, built the quarantine facility 25 years ago, mostly for livestock to be flown overseas via Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Larry Schorno in 1995 hoped to ship a thousand pregnant Holsteins from Olympia to Vietnam, just a year after President Bill Clinton lifted a trade embargo. The groundbreaking deal came after then-Gov. Mike Lowry traveled to Vietnam on a trade mission. Lowry said then that he expected Vietnam to take as many as 4,000 more cows.
Glenn Schorno said Friday [Oct. 30] that the cows were never shipped.
‘They (Vietnamese dairies) weren’t set up to handle them. They still needed to make some progress in feeding animals,’ he said. ‘Now, they’re ready.’
Schorno said he’s hopeful the quarantine facility will see more cows bound for Vietnam.
‘We are excited whenever there’s a new market, and it’s in Asia,’ he said. ‘From where we are, we have a strategic advantage.’
The export business has been ‘hit and miss,’ Schorno said, particularly after a cow in 2003 in Central Washington was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, mad cow disease.
The quarantine facility in Yelm was last used in 2012, when 1,200 Holsteins were examined before being exported to Russia, Schorno said.”