Renewed calf trade lifts live cattle exports
Live cattle exports have jumped by 75pc during the first six months of the year according to Department of Agriculture figures.
Total exports up to the middle of June have hit 135,500 head, compared to just over 78,000 during the same period in 2012.
The bounce in trade brings levels back on par with 2011, according to Bord Bia's beef analyst, Joe Burke.
However, calves account for the majority of the increase. At 85,700 head, they are 150pc more than last year's total.
These were sold mainly to the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and France.
Exports of weanlings and stores are up by 33pc on last year, primarily as a result of shipments to non-EU markets such as Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
"People originally hoped that Libya would become an important destination for Holstein-Friesian bulls from Ireland," said Mr Burke.