This weekend sees one boat full of cattle make the trip to Turkey, with another not too far behind.
One of the consignments is led by the Purcell Brothers, who will send a boat full of weanling bulls this coming Saturday. The other load is organized by Viastar, an export company based in Co. Meath. They will ship a consignment of heifers for breeding next week.
The weanling bulls are to be used by Turkish farmers for finishing, as their own national beef population is not sufficient enough to meet demands. Recent reports suggested that Turkey will need over 100,000 cattle from Ireland each year, with their overall requirement standing at over half a million.
In the first ten months of the year so far, Ireland has exported over 17,000 cattle to Turkey. These latest exports will take numbers in excess of 20,000. Reports suggest this could more than quadruple next year.
Turkey has also begun to ‘beef’ up their breeding programme and has already imported over 400,000 AI straws from Ireland this year.
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