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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Second batch of in-calf Hereford heifers exported to Russia

Farming Independent Team

Russian livestock breeders continue to turn to the Irish bred Hereford to improve their herd bloodlines.

A second consignment of 100 Irish bred pedigree in-calf Hereford heifers and one bull has been exported to Russia and a third larger export is being planned for mid to late summer.

Irish Hereford Society chairman Willie Branagan said he was very pleased with the quality of the group, with arrangements for export handled through Roscommon-based Maxwells.

Last month the first consignment of Hereford heifers destined for Russia departed Ireland recently.

A specially selected group of in-calf heifers of diverse pedigree from herds across the country including eight 18-20 month old bulls were brought together by Hubert Maxwell, livestock exporters and have been in quarantine for the past month.

Following all health requirements being fully completed the signal to move was received.

The transport for the Hereford consignment to their new home is provided by a Lithuanian company with extensive experience of cattle transport across Europe.

The journey will take one week including rest breaks on the route through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belarus to the final destination just 180km west of Moscow.

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The Russian Hereford breeders who have purchased the cattle came to Ireland in January last to visit a number of farms and see the quality of animal available and were extremely satisfied with the standard.


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