The live export trade for sheep out of Ireland has virtually disappeared this year as domestic prices have increased.
Last year, 10,007 sheep were exported live from Ireland to Britain, but so far this year not one live sheep has been moved across the water. Similarly, the Italian trade has fallen away from 826 sheep last year to zero this year.
The only country to import sheep live from Ireland this year is Germany, where the number has fallen from 1,124 last year to 431 this year.
Overall, the live export sheep trade has fallen by 96.6pc, from 12,669 last year to 431 this year.