Over 1,000 Irish bulls take to the seas for Libya

A boat carrying over 1,000 Friesian bulls left Greenore Port, Co. Louth, for Libya on Sunday, February 25. Organised by Supreme Livestock, the consignment is expected to arrive in the Libyan port of Khoms during the first week of March.

This is the first shipment of Irish cattle to leave for Libya this year. Last year, some 1,830 Irish cattle were exported to Libya; down from the 2,162 shipped the year previous.

In other export news, Viastar – the Meath-based exporter – is currently looking for bulls weighing 400-800kg. The exporter is mainly looking for Angus and Hereford stock, AgriLand understands.

Exports up 12.7% in 2018

Up to the week ending February 17, some 13,042 cattle were exported from Ireland – up 12.7% or 1,469 head on the corresponding period in 2017.

Weanling, store and calf exports are all in a positive position. An additional 859 weanlings have been exported from Ireland this year, store shipments are up by 186 head and calf exports have climbed by 1,676 head or 29.7%.

Export growth has also been witnessed in Spain and the Netherlands – two of the main markets for Irish calves – up by 36.6% (925 head) and 19.2% (685 head) respectively.

However, cattle movements to Northern Ireland – a valuable market for finished heifers in previous years – are back by 41.4% or 1,225 head when compared to the corresponding period in 2017.

Irish live cattle exports:
  • Weanlings: 1,607 head (+859 head or +53.5%);
  • Stores: 1,122 head (+186 head or +16.6%);
  • Calves: 5,643 head (+1,676 head or +29.7%);
  • Finished cattle: 3,201 head (-1,252 head or -39.1%);
  • Total: 11,573 head (+1,469 head or +12.7%).