A Moscow biotech company signed a deal with a Shanghai dairy corporation during Gov. Butch Otter’s trade mission to China last month.
BioTracking, of Moscow will sell pregnancy tests for cows to Bright Dairy and Foods, one of China’s largest dairy companies under a memorandum of understanding signed when Otter visited. Two years earlier Otter brought Nancy and Garth Sasser, the developers of the technology, to the attention of the dairy company.
The test has a 99 percent accuracy rating and knowing when a cow is pregnant is critical to productivity for a dairy farm.
Otter called the mission, which had 16 Idaho companies, a success in an interview Wednesday with Neal Larsen of KID AM Radio in Idaho Falls.
“All the other companies had good appointments, made good progress on entry or expansion into the Chinese market,” Otter told Larsen.
Larsen asked Otter how he responds to critics of Chinese investment in Idaho. Otter said any investors have to obey Idaho laws. He said he sees a lot of free market principles developing in China.
But if Idahoans want to reject investment from China just because they are Communist, “I don’t agree with their conclusions but I understand their concerns,” Otter told Larsen.