Two years after Turkey implemented a ban on live cattle exports from France, it has been lifted.
The French Department of Agriculture made the announcement yesterday, that the ban had been lifted. The ban was first introduced due to an outbreak of bluetongue in the French cattle sector in 2015.
Although the ban has been lifted, Turkey will retain strict export conditions, which will include regular testing and vaccinations of all animals. It will also include quarantine of suspect animals and protection against the flies, which carry the bluetongue disease.
It is thought that these strict measures, will have an adverse effect on all exports from France to Turkey in the near future. In 2015 France exported in excess of 80,000 cattle to Turkey before the ban was put in place. It is now expected that they will begin to export large numbers again.
Turkey are said to require over 100,000 head of cattle from Ireland next year, in order to meet demands. Ireland has already exported over 20,000 cattle so far this year, with more shipments due to set sail before the new year.