The livestock boat the Atlantic M has arrived back in Ireland this week. The vessel can take over 3000 animals. The news comes on the back of the recent sailing of animals for north Africa.
The Live trade as previously reported is a key to breaking the power of the factories and it’s something the ICSA has spoken of.
The organisation’s beef vice chairman Edmond Phelan said heavy bulls over 550kg were being shipped and that it would counteract factory efforts to drive down beef prices.
“At prices of up to €2.20/kg liveweight, this trade will mean factory prices for bulls are not competitive and farmers should look very carefully at their options in terms of feeding these kind of cattle,” he added.
“While a lot of talk has been about the lighter weanlings, this is potentially a much more beneficial development in terms of getting cattle out of the country and getting some real competition into the beef trade in the immediate future.”
We’re also told that the Libyan market is looking for more cattle and it seems they will take all types. A boatload of around 2000 + bulls left on December 1st for the country. They were exported by Viastar. 2017 seems to be a new year and new horizon for the export market but as the Teagasc Outlook report published last week warned, there will be more cattle on the European market driving down beef prices.