Beef boost as Libyan deal gets green light
First shipment of 1,850 bulls scheduled for later this month
Cattle exports to Libya will resume this month with stock for shipping already being purchased in the marts and off farms.
The contract is being handled by Supreme Livestock, which is owned by well-known Charolais breeders Patsy McCabe and his son Patrick Jnr.
The move is a further boost to an already strong cattle trade, with marts again reporting very strong demand over the last few days.
The McCabes, who are based in Ardee, Co Louth, plan to ship 1,850 bulls and are looking for Friesians, Herefords, Aberdeen Angus, Simmentals, Charolais and Limousins.
The cattle must be under 24 months of age.
"This is good news for farmers because we're taking all types of bulls. We want Friesians of 300-400kgs, Hereford and Angus of 400-500kg and Continentals of 450-550kg," Patsy McCabe told the Farming Independent.
"We have 800 bought so far and hope to have the rest purchased by the end of this week," he added.
The cattle will be shipped from Greenore to North Africa later this month. Mr McCabe said further exports to Libya were possible "if cattle didn't get too dear".