IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said he is hopeful that the Turkish live export market will re-open soon, with strong buying for live cattle later this year.
He believes this is “essential” for the suckler sector and weanling sales in the second half of the year.
Last week, the IFA facilitated Turkish live cattle importers visiting farms, marts, exporters and meetings with the Department and Bord Bia.
In addition, the Department of Agriculture held high-level technical discussions with the Turkish Meat and Milk Board.
Angus Woods confirmed that some Irish exporters are in Turkey this week. “Turkish importers and Irish exporters are both strongly of the view that the trade should re-open again later this year.”
“This is positive news for the weanling and cattle trade as live exports are essential for price competition and providing additional market outlets.”
Strong live export demand
Two weeks ago, a successful shipment of young bulls was sent to Turkey and both sellers and buyers were satisfied, he added.
“It is hoped further shipments with the same people involved will take place again very soon. This importer already has licences to import live cattle,” said the IFA National Livestock Chairman.
In 2018, 30,562 weanlings and stores, mainly young bulls were exported to Turkey and the trade was “a key component in keeping a price under the weanling trade all year”.
The live export demand in Turkey is strong, with the country importing over 500,000 head on an annual basis, Woods added.
He is of the opinion that there is “major potential for Irish exports”, with the high-quality and high-health status of Irish cattle well recognised by Turkish farmers and importers.