Good signs for live cattle exports to Italian market

Prospects for live cattle exports to Italy are looking positive, said IFA director of livestock Kevin Kinsella.
Good signs for live cattle exports to Italian market

Speaking at Fier Agricola trade fair in Verona, Italy, Mr Kinsella said Ireland can significantly grow its live exports to Italy from a base of 25,000 head in 2015.

In the past, Ireland exported up to 75,000 head to Italy.

He said, with Bord Bia forecasting 50,000-80,000 more cattle for sale in 2016, a vibrant live export trade was never more important.

“With Bord Bia, Department of Agriculture and exporters, we visited feedlots importing Irish cattle in Northern Italy this week. All of them recognise the improvement in the quality and health of Irish animals.

“The recovery in the EU beef market, despite being slow, and lower grain prices should boost demand for live exports of weanlings into the more intensive beef feeding systems in Italy and Spain.”

Mr Kinsella also said the major drop in milk replacer costs and higher prices in Holland for veal calves should drive calf exports this spring.

He said Ireland needs to prioritise live exports and to remove barriers to trade with the UK, and to access markets like Turkey and Egypt. Last year Irish livestock exports reached 177,431 head, a reduction of 25% from 2014 level.

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