Farm Ireland

Thursday 23 November 2017

Libyan exports deliver sheep trade boost

Declan O'Brien and Joe Healy

The live export market for sheep has moved up a gear with a ship carrying 5,000 ram lambs and hogget rams for Libya sailing from Waterford last Friday evening.

The consignment included around 4,000 ram lambs and 1,000 hogget rams.

The shipment was organised by live export specialists Quinn International Livestock and it was reported that prices of €2.50/kg were paid for suitable stock.

The spec for rams selected was very tight, but it is understood that the Libyan buyers were very happy with the quality of the stock they received.

Every animal was checked before loading to make sure they were rams. In addition, only ram lambs that had been weaned and were eating meal were accepted.

One industry source described the Libyan sheep market as a "massive and growing outlet". He said the development of the trade would come down to price and how well this shipment travelled.

IFA national sheep chairman James Murphy welcomed the opening up of the Libyan trade.

Mr Murphy said IFA had worked hard, in conjunction with exporters and the Department of Agriculture, to secure a veterinary certificate for Libya. He said the live trade had provided much needed price competition and had helped turn lamb prices over the last two weeks. He said the live trade to Europe was also very active with the Muslim festival of Ramadan starting on July 9.

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