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During the week of Oct. 1, 2018, representatives of the Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming producers are in Taipei, Taiwan, as part of an ongoing trade mission to develop a small-but-steady supply chain of Wyoming beef to Taiwan. New Wyoming-Asia Pacific Trade Office Director Chester Chu is assisting their efforts by lining up meetings with buyers, importers, grocers, restaurants and U.S. Meat Export Federation representatives, and a tour of a processing plant. 

Q&A with Valerie Murray of Murraymere Farms 

What is Murraymere Farm’s history? 

We are a fourth-generation family-owned farm just south of Powell, Wyoming, on the Willwood. In 1914, our great-grandparents arrived by train from Missouri. Our great-grandfather, Earl, added the “mere” to “Murray,” which means “green pastures,” according to Scottish tradition. They started with nothing but sagebrush and now we are on our 104th crop year in Wyoming on pristine irrigated ground. 

How did you get involved with the Wyoming trade mission?  

Recently, I was approached by Rep. David Northrup asking if we had any beef ready for processing for a potential buyer in Taiwan. They requested beef samples be sent over to Taipei prior to the event in October. The timing was right; we did have cattle ready, so we jumped at the opportunity.  

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