Fifth boat for the export of live cattle could be approved this week
A fifth boat for the live export of cattle is set to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture this week, according to IFA President, Joe Healy.
Healy said IFA is pushing for more designated boats to be approved for the live trade out of Ireland.
He said currently there are four boats cleared to sail and another boat is set to be inspected next week.
In addition, there are three more boats lined up for approval and these are essential to service the new and developing live export markets emerging.
Speaking at a Bord Bia/Department of Agriculture seminar for live exporters in Tullamore this week, Healy called for a major national diplomatic initiative to be led by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to maximise every single market opportunity on live exports in 2017.
The IFA President said, “It is clear that there are real opportunities for Ireland in the live export markets such as Turkey, North Africa and continental Europe and all of these must be actively pursued in 2017.”
Against a background of increased cattle supplies of 100,000 head forecast for 2017 and a continuing increase in calf supplies, Joe Healy said we need to get the capacity of the live trade back up to 300,000 to 400,000 head to drive competition and get a balance back into the beef trade capable of delivering viable prices from the market.
Healy said the live trade needs more support.