An Irish exporting company has secured a new contract for the North African market. Arklow-based company – Wicklow Calf Company – is now looking for bulls and heifers.

Through its Facebook page, the company said it is in the market for spring-born bulls and heifers originating from the dairy herd, including both Aberdeen Angus and Hereford-cross types.

Any farmers with suitable animals are asked to contact Wicklow Calf Company.

Bulls bound for Libya

An Irish exporting company has now finalised an order for the Libyan market. Purcell Brothers, the Waterford-based firm, has adequate numbers for the shipment.

The consignment will consist of Friesian bulls weighing in the 200-400kg weight bracket.

The boat – the Altantic M which is currently en route to Ireland – will consist of some 3,000 bulls and will depart from Waterford Port later this month.

Also, the same exporter has started assembling weanling bulls for the Turkish market. Purcell Brothers is procuring continental bulls weighing 300kg for this market.

This consignment will set sail later in the autumn.

This live export buying activity is welcome news for farmers as we head into the busy autumn period for weanling sales. These export buyers added a lot of competition around the sale ring in autumn 2019.