Turkish delight for beef sector
Beef processors have been urged to grasp the opportunity presented by the opening of the Turkish market for Irish beef.
An agreement between the Department of Agriculture and Turkish authorities on a veterinary health certificate will allow Irish beef from animals aged 30 months and below to be exported there.
IFA president John Bryan described the opening of the Turkish market as "very positive" and said it would give further impetus to local beef prices.
Mr Bryan said that access to the high-priced Turkish market had already had a major impact on the beef market across Europe, as German cattle prices improved by up to €200/hd on the back of more exports to Turkey.
This view was echoed by the ICSA's Gabriel Gilmartin. He called on meat processors and Bord Bia to make every effort to secure Turkish markets.
"Turkey gives a much-needed opportunity for processors to diversify their customer base and thereby improve their bargaining position with existing customers, such as British and EU retailers," Mr Gilmartin said.
"This opportunity must be grabbed with both hands, especially given the exceptionally high price that has emerged in Turkey in recent months."