Irish cattle exporters have expressed confidence in shipments of Irish weaned bulls being exported to Turkey before the end of the year, a number of sources have confirmed to Agriland.

Contracts for Irish Livestock have been received by Irish exporters to Turkish buyers and it is hoped that at least 4,000 Irish cattle will be sold domestically before the end of the year.

According to a statement from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Ireland has been on Turkey’s approved list of EU member states since 2016.

However, in November 2019 a number of Irish exporters confirmed AgriLand that the Turkish authorities have stopped issuing new licenses for the import of live cattle into the country.

According to Bord Bia, cattle exports to Turkey fell by 20% in 2019 to 10,239 cattle following the suspension of import licenses due to “oversupply in the Turkish market”.

No Irish cattle were exported to Turkey in 2021 and no Irish cattle were exported to Turkey nowadays this year, however, exporters are confident that Irish cattle will return to the Turkish market this year.

Cattle suitable for the Turkish market will mainly be bulls weighing less than 400 kg with a continental sire.

Update on Irish Livestock Exports to Israel

Earlier this year there was much speculation that approval of cattle and sheep exports from Ireland to Israel was “imminent”.

A statement from the DAFM on Friday October 7 read: “Israel has indicated that it is prepared to add Ireland to its approved list of EU member states for access”, however, the statement continues: “The necessary certificate is still being traded and trade cannot begin until this is complete.

Late last year a group of Israeli veterinary inspectors visited Ireland to view the livestock export facilities and earlier this year a number of those who were described as ” potentially significant buyers of Irish livestock” traveled to Ireland to view the export facilities and livestock on offer.