ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan welcomes the fact that Libya is seeking to import live cattle from Ireland, but adds that more boats will be required to deal with the substantial increase in cattle forecast for 2017.
“The Libyans are looking for bulls, with a wide range of weights, ranging from 400 to 700kg liveweight,” said Mr Phelan.
“While they have a preference for beef breeds, they are also looking at Friesian cattle. A good market for heavier bulls is very desirable.
"However, according to Bord Bia forecasts at the Beef Roundtable, there is potentially an extra 200,000 cattle for slaughter in 2017 compared to 2015.
“We are sleepwalking into trouble with these figures unless we get a huge upturn in live shipping.
"We can see the disastrous effect an extra 65,000 cattle throughput this year has had, this is going to be multiplied by three next year.”
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