Live exports up 43pc as Department vet lobbied to suspend exports to non-EU countries
Ship Atlantic M currently at sea with 3,000 bulls on board
The IFA has said that live exports are performing well this year and providing a major boost to cattle farmers.
A total of 116,000 head of livestock have already been exported up to May 20, an increase of 43pc on last year.
IFA Livestock Chairman, Angus Woods said the benefit of every one of these exports has been reflected in higher and more competitive cattle prices in marts all across the country.
It comes as official returns to the lobbying register shows that Martin Blake Chief Veterinary Officer with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has been lobbied by the ISPCA to suspend live transport of cattle to non-EU countries pending investigation of reports of cruel treatment in slaughterhouses in non-EU countries.
It comes following the emergence of footage from animal welfare organisations of abuse of EU cattle in Turkey. The video described as 'extremely graphic' were filmed by Australian animal rights group Animals International in slaughterhouses in Turkey and Egypt have been seen by the ISPCA and its says they show horrific treatment of cattle before and during slaughter.
It adds that these practices would be illegal in Ireland and the rest of the EU.
IFA has said it is totally committed to maintaining a strong live export trade, which Angus Woods said is essential for price competition and providing market outlets for livestock.
The IFA Livestock leader Angus Woods said strongly defended the animal welfare aspects of the live export trade. He said all live exports are fully certified by Department of Agriculture veterinary inspectors, who pay particularly attention to animal health and welfare.