The First (And Only) Russian Ranch Video Awards

Now that all the hullabaloo of The Oscars has died down, I direct your attention to Russia’s movie industry where Westerns are all the rage.

Not Westerns of the Clint Eastwood variety, but promotional Western videos about Russia’s ranch industry. The cattle bonanza has created a pool of customers — ranchers — who are eager to show off their Russian cowboys, cattle, ranches, and processing plants built over the past five years.

Bird's eye view from atop the water tower at Miratorg's feedlot in Bryansk, Russia. (Photo @comradecowboys) This company owns 310,000 beef cattle, raised on 51 ranches spread across a region the size of Maryland. The cattle are brought to this 40,000-head facility, where they reach finishing weight. After that, they're herded drown "The Green Mile," an alleyway leading to the a slaughter plant that's just visible on the horizon. In my latest for @natgeo and @the_fulbright_program, I explore how Miratorg has brought state-if-the-art cattle processing to beef-starved Russia. Part 1: http://bit.ly/1TIzj0c Part 2: http://bit.ly/1Uub719 #miratorg #feedlot #slaughterhouse #meatpacking #meat #beef #ranching #agriculture #animalwelfare #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #photosociety #travelphotography #westernphotography #landscapephotography #bryansk #russia #россия #fulbright #natgeo #futureoffood

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Without further ado, here are the winners of the first (and only) Russian Ranch Video Awards…

Watch them here: The First (And Only) Russian Ranch Video Awards

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