Egypt cattle '400-500kg'

Joe Healy

The first cattle to travel from Ireland to Egypt in more than a decade are likely to be 400-500kg cattle, according to sources within the trade.

Speculation is mounting that Ireland's first shipment of cattle to the North African destination since the market reopened will be O=, O+ and R- cattle weighing 400-500kg. It is understood that these first exports will be prices at around €2.20/kg.

The Irish-Egyptian agreement allows cattle up to 30 months of age to be exported for finishing, and cattle up to 20 months of age for further fattening.

The IFA has called on Irish farmers and the beef industry to capitalise on this opportunity and re-establish this trade which has traditionally been a very important outlet for the livestock sector.

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