Turkey set to take 18,000 head over next three months
Turkey could take up to 18,000 cattle by the end of the year, industry sources have told the Farming Independent.
The first shipment of stock is due to sail this week, and insiders in the trade expect the Middle Eastern outlet to take a steady stream of cattle during the busy autumn and early winter period.
The ship, the Atlantic M, has been inspected by the Department of Agriculture officials and the loading of livestock was to follow that process.
This week's shipment comprises heavy bulls of 500-600kg. These are mainly continental but it is understood that some Hereford and Angus were included.
However, buyers for the exporter, Viastar, are believed to be concentrating on lighter weanlings for upcoming shipments, with around €2.20/kg being paid.
'Live cattle shipments a boost for farmers'
IFA president Joe Healy said the commencement of live shipments to Turkey was a boost for farmers as they headed into the main mart sales for weanling and store cattle.
"It is very important that this trade is developed and expanded to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Turkish market," Healy said.