Ireland is targeting African markets for livestock exports
Ireland is targeting several African markets for cattle exports next year as the industry is seeking new destinations for livestock exports. 13 influential livestock buyers from Algeria and Egypt were hosted by Bord Bia at the end of November in a three-day business trip that included visits at the farms and export assembly centres and a B2B meeting with Irish exporters.
The visit comes following the revision of health certificates for the export of Irish cattle to Algeria, and the subsequent export of 250 Irish bulls to the Algerian market, announced Agriland magazine.
"This visit comes at a crucial time, allowing Irish cattle exporters to push on and establish potentially lucrative business relationships with buyers from both Egypt and Algeria. Both markets have significant live import needs, particularly for young bulls. The visit will focus on the strengths of our livestock industry, including the clean health status, quality, and performance attributes of Irish cattle. We will also highlight our robust controls regarding traceability and transport, as well as advancements in genetics and management," commented Nicolas Ranninger, Africa manager for Bord Bia. Live cattle exports from Ireland are recording strong growth in 2019 with exports of weanlings up 11% and finished cattle up 32% on last year. In November, two revised health certificates were agreed between Ireland and Algeria for the export of cattle for breeding purposes and male cattle for further finishing. Health certificates for live cattle exports to Egypt were also updated in April this year.
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