Next cattle shipment to Turkey could top this week's 3,500-head load
Largest shipment of live cattle from Ireland in years
Published 21/10/2016 | 07:00
Yesterday saw the largest shipment of live cattle from the Ireland in years, as over 3,500 head of cattle leave Waterford Port for Turkey.
This the second shipment of cattle to Turkey this year after a boat load of 1,900 cattle were exported in late September.
Demand for Irish cattle in Turkey appears strong at the moment and some commentators are suggesting that as many as 25,000 weanlings could be exported to the market before Christmas.
According to exporter Pat Flaherty of Livestock.ie, who is involved in the sourcing of cattle for the Turkish contract, the assembling of the stock has gone ‘smoothly’ so far.
The shipment leaving Ireland this week consists of Charolais, Limousin, Simmental, Angus and Hereford cattle under 12 months of age and less than 350kg.
According to Flaherty, the stock is most likely destined for feedlots in Turkey for further finishing.
Flaherty also said that he expects similar scale shipments to take place right up to Christmas.
“The next load is set to be even bigger,” he said and said it might take as much as three days just to load the boat.