Ireland hopes to export 100,000 more livestock in 2018

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Irish livestock exports increased by 30% last year - and farmers want year-on-year growth
Irish livestock exports increased by 30% last year - and farmers want year-on-year growth

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The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has challenged government to ensure industry has the infrastructure in place to export an extra 100,000 live animals this year.

IFA national livestock chairman Angus Woods said Ireland needed to target an additional 100,000 head of live exports for 2018.

He called on Ireland’s agriculture minister Michael Creed to ensure the country’s live animal exporters​ had access to full ferry facilities during the peak weeks when calves, cattle and lambs are sold.

Speaking at a livestock export seminar hosted by Bord Bía, Creed said continued market access was “absolutely critical​”, adding: “It must be of the highest priority to minister Creed that the new arrangements can deal with our live exports and shipping requirements during this peak export period.

Minister Creed, who is supportive of the live trade, needs to put all the necessary resources in place to facilitate a live trade of an additional 100,000 head of live animals.​”

Shipping route disruption

IFA said it would meet with senior officials from Ireland’s Department of Agriculture to discuss ferry and access issues that have reportedly raised concern amongst the country’s livestock exporters.
The concern is in part attributed to the fact that Stena Line – one of the world’s biggest ferry operators that carries Irish cattle all over the world – will service its current vessel in February and March.

While Stena is set to replace this ship with another vessel on a temporary basis, IFA wants the Irish government to provide assurances that the shipping arrangements will not affect what could be a strong year for business.

Irish exports of live animals​ increased by 30% to 187,870 head last year, according to the IFA. Calf sales were particularly strong after the government cut charges on calf exports from €4.80 to €1.20 per head.

Markets of interest for Irish live exports include Spain, Turkey and a string of countries in North Africa.
The Ministry of Agriculture could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

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Posted by Göran Nyhlen,

Good to be updated abaut the market

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Live animal trafficing between people with no conscience

Posted by Chris,

So, despite being cognizant of the animal cruelty and conditions inherent in the live export trade - now the Irish farmers and exporters want to again increase the number of calves, lambs etc., exported - with total disregard for the welfare of animals they have raised. Angus Woods and Michael Creed clearly only have one concern on their minds - money. For sure they have no concern whatsoever of the conditions under which animals are exported, their treatment during transit, unloading and - especially those exported to North Africa and Turkey where no animal welfare laws exist - ultimate slaughter without stunning by yet more people with no conscience for animal welfare or suffering. Well done everyone - at both ends - you deserve each other.

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