Irish weanling exports have fallen by 45.9% in 2015 which is a drop of almost 10,000 head of cattle on the same period in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture.

The figures from the Department of Agriculture and presented by Bord Bia show that total live cattle exports are back by 25.6% to date in 2015 which is a drop of 49,166 to September 12.

The number of store cattle exports have also dropped by 18,180 (59.2%) while the total number of finished cattle and calves shipped are down by 16,091 (15.9%) and 5,291 (13.4%) respectively.

Source: Bord Bia

Source: Bord Bia

Live exports to continental Europe

According to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture, total exports to continental Europe have fallen by 28.2% or 37,579 head.

But despite this fall exports to our nearest export market, Northern Ireland are up by approximately 15% on 2014 levels, with an additional 4,900 animals crossing the border in 2015.

However, live shipments to Britain have dropped by 41% or 4,607 head, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.

Similar falls have also occurred in Italy where exports are down by 10,546 (42.8%), Belgium 20,616 (97.9%) and Spain 14,754 (34.3%).

Surprisingly, despite the French farmer protests throughout 2015, live exports of Irish cattle to France have increased by 61% or 3,211 head.

European exports

Source: Bord Bia

 Total Non-EU live exports

Total live cattle exports to non-EU markets have remained unchanged from the first week in September when these shipments had dropped by 77% or 11,871 head of cattle on 2014 levels.

The cessation of Irish exports to Libya, as a result of political turmoil is for the most part to blame for this fall in exports.

According to the Department of Agriculture, 433 Irish cattle made it to the Middle Eastern state in 2015, this fell from 12,908 in 2014.

Exports to the Lebanon have fallen by 68 head, while exports to Tunisia have increased by almost 700 to reach 2,789 head.