Initial Turkish live cattle demand set to focus on heifers
Initial demand from Turkish cattle buyers is expected to focus on continental heifers weighing up to 400kg, according to Joe Burke of Bord Bia.
He says over recent weeks, Bord Bia has undertaken several marketing activities for Irish live cattle.
“A substantial Turkish meat and livestock business, with capacity for 40,000 feeding cattle, travelled to Ireland on a Bord Bia-led itinerary: visiting exporters and farms.
“It is anticipated that Turkish companies will soon be permitted to import animals themselves, outside of the government-owned Meat and Milk Board, ESK,” he said.
Meanwhile, Burke also said that Bord Bia recently met with one of the largest cattle buyers in Algeria, and visited the port of Sète in France, where they were assembling two boatloads of French cattle.
The Algerian market reopened for Irish livestock in late 2016, following a trade mission to the North African region.
Burke says annual imports average approximately 60,000 head, and potential customers have expressed a strong appetite for Irish animals: both young bulls for finishing and dairy breeding stock.