Surge in exports of live cattle
Live exports of cattle and calves are on target to hit a 10-year high, the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture have confirmed.
Calf exports have been extremely strong for the first nine months of the year and are in line to set a 20-year record.
The number of cattle shipped has also been high. Close to 1,200 finished cattle are being exported live each week.
Cattle exports to the end of September were on par with the total for last year at 286,159hd, with exports to the end of the third quarter up 26pc on 2009.
Year-to-date exports of finished cattle stand at 47,453hd, compared to 52,577hd for the whole of last year and 21,283hd for 2008.
A total of 46,474 weanlings have been exported so far this year, compared to 62,000 for the whole of last year.
Meanwhile, store exports stand at 41,841hd compared to 47,596hd for the whole of last year and 28,744hd for 2008.
European feeders are flocking for Irish calves. A total of 155,489hd were shipped by the end of last month, compared to 123,451hd for the whole of last year.