Ireland Ready to Export Cattle to Libya

Live cattle exports from Ireland to Libya should restart by February at the latest, according to the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

The minister said that his officials were working hard on getting a boat approved for live exports in January or February.

He told a meeting in Dublin:

Libya is the most likely destination but there are real welfare issues around this. It’s no joke crossing the Bay of Biscay in January and the last thing I want is reports of cattle breaking legs on their journey to wherever.

He added that the live shipping of cattle was not his preferred way of dealing with Irish cattle because of the loss of added value and jobs by not processing them here.

Libya was a major outlet for Irish live cattle in the 1980s and early 1990s until trade closed as a result of the BSE crisis, but according to the report from the Irish Independent, exporters will now require payment upfront for all cattle exported to Libya.

(Source: Irish Independent)

One Response to Ireland Ready to Export Cattle to Libya

  1. Aengus mannion January 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    What planet is the minister on,or who is filling his head with this. There is no way that Irish cattle can be exported to libya live,firstly you must remember that the last time cattle were exported to libya was by purcell brothers and those cattle were of 500kgs plus and could be two years plus in age.You have to remember that all of these cattle were shipped on the back of MCA payements and backed by Finna Fail.These payements have now gone and i would be very surprised if they will return and also Libya have a restricted age and weight on cattle entering there country.In my opinion cattle would have to be bought for 1.50 or less per kilo live weight,if this happens look out beef producers in Ireland,it will be a last resort if Ireland has to look at Libya for an outlet for irish cattle.

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