SOURCE: Tara Minerals Corp.

Tara Minerals Corp.

September 29, 2009 09:00 ET

Tara Minerals Announces Production Start-Up at Don Roman

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Tara Minerals Corp. (OTCBB: TARM), a subsidiary of Tara Gold Resources Corp. (PINKSHEETS: TRGD) (FRANKFURT: T8N), is pleased to announce that Phase One production of Lead, Zinc and Silver concentrate has commenced at Don Roman. 6,000 tonnes of production grade ore have been mined to date. The plant is currently processing at a rate of 100 tonnes/day. The processing rate will increase towards 300 tonnes/day as the process is optimized and additional parallel circuits are commissioned over the next few weeks.

Sampling of the initial mined and processed material supports the expected combined average grade of 9% Zinc, 3% Lead and 309g Silver per tonne. An assessment of work done to date indicates that costs for mining, mine development, and processing are estimated at $80 per tonne of production grade ore. Based on this, concentrate revenue per tonne, after operating costs, is estimated at $200 to $250 per tonne.

Tara Minerals has been working with various concentrate buyers to optimize the price the company will receive for its concentrate, which can be as high as 95% of commodity market value depending on the composition of the final product. Tara Minerals has delivered concentrate to the assay lab in Torreon and is awaiting the results of a 40 element test to complete an agreement with one concentrate buyer.

Initial mining, focused on preparing the mine for extraction of production ore, began in July. The extraction of production ore grade material began in early August at the rate of approximately 150 tonnes/day with another 50 tonnes/day directed at further mine development. The current state of development provides the ability to produce a minimum of 350 tonnes of production ore daily with an objective of having the ability to produce a minimum of 450 tonnes/day by the end of October.

Excluding approximately 4,000 tonnes of mine preparation rock extraction, approximately 6,000 tonnes of production grade ore have been mined to date. The mine is currently producing Lead, Zinc and Silver ore from the Contrapozo area above the main level. Meanwhile, the main level is being driven further to the northeast along the mineralized zone. Additionally, work has begun to drive a -12% decline near the main portal in order to provide access to the next planned level below. This level will develop new resources down-dip from that being mined currently and will provide additional access for an underground drilling program scheduled to begin shortly. The ore currently being mined is high sulfide material replacing highly fractured marble. Recently, it has been understood that additional ore grade material occurs as a cross-cutting hydrothermal breccia with abundant sulfide minerals in the matrix. Drilling will also determine the dimensions of this new body of mineralization. Tara Minerals has engaged Dana C. Durgin, a qualified person and a Certified Professional Geologist, to outline Quality Control protocols for the drilling.

Mr. Francis Biscan Jr., President of Tara Minerals Corp., stated, "Production start-up is a milestone achievement for Tara Minerals and its shareholders. Although we continue to optimize plant recoveries and increase throughput, cash flow from the plant will allow us to establish resources at Don Roman and advance surrounding properties controlled by the Company."

About Tara Minerals Corp.

Tara Minerals is fully funded and focused on generating revenue in 2009 from a Lead, Zinc, and Silver mine on its Don Roman and Lourdes project, located in Choix, Mexico. Tara Minerals Corp. is a US-based growth-orientated resource company engaged in the search, acquisition, exploration and development of high-quality non-precious & precious metals and minerals projects with potential for economic commercial value.

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