Almost 3,000 cattle left Ireland for Libya last night in the first live shipment of cattle to the country in 17 years.
Libya banned imports of live cattle from the EU in 1996 following the outbreak of BSE.
In 1995 Libya bought 81,420 cattle valued at more than €70 million from Ireland. Irish Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney welcomed the resumption of the trade.
(Source: Irish Times)