Mexico has sent its first shipment of cattle to Jordan, the government said.

The shipment went out of the Gulf port of Tampico last Thursday, the Agriculture and Ranching Secretariat said.

The Panamanian-flagged ship was carrying "3,829 head of cattle that were received in 60 enclosures from Jalisco," a state in western Mexico, and 1,200 tons of feed to be eaten by the animals during the 27-day journey to the Middle East, the secretariat said in a statement.

The shipment marks "the first exports of beef cattle" to Jordan, the secretariat said.

Jordan purchased Charolais, Limousin, Angus, Swiss Brown and Simmental cattle from ranches in El Salto and Zapopan, the National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service, or Senasica, said.

The animals are expected to arrive in the port of Amman, the capital of Jordan, on Aug. 22.

Mexico began exporting cattle to Turkey in 2011, with that country purchasing more than 64,000 head of cattle, 20,000 calves and 44,000 beef cattle. EFE