British beef imports hit over €84m in 2016
Up to 29,000t of beef with a value of €109m were imported into Ireland last year, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture.
The 2016 figures show that Britain was by far the biggest source of beef imports, with English, Scottish and Welsh factories supplying 22,000t worth over €84m.
Northern Ireland was second largest supplier of beef into the Republic. Factories based north of the border supplied almost 4,000t valued at €14.4m.
The UK in total supplied almost 90pc of all beef imports both in tonnage and value terms.
This reflects the high level of integration between the Irish and British beef industries, with Irish giants ABP, Dawn Meats and Dunbia all having sizeable processing operations in both jurisdictions.
The Netherlands, Germany, Poland and France were the main sources for beef imports after Britain and Northern Ireland.
Imports from Holland totalled 820 tonnes worth €2.5m, Germany supplied 670 tonnes valued at €2.99m, Poland exported 470 tonnes worth €2.1m, while French imports totalled €714,000 and involved 220 tonnes.
Ireland is one of the largest nett exporters of beef in the Northern Hemisphere each year. Beef exports usually average around 500,000t. In 2016 Irish beef exports were worth €2.38bn.