IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the confirmation from the Department of Agriculture that a veterinary cert has been agreed for the export of live cattle to Libya. “This is a positive development for the beef and livestock sector.”
He said Minister Coveney and his Department have made significant progress with the new health cert and they must now co-ordinate the efforts of exporters and ship owners to get the trade moving again.
John Bryan said the last time Ireland exported live cattle to Libya, over 80,000 animals were shipped, providing a major boost to cattle price competition.
The IFA leader said, “With a significant increase in cattle numbers predicted for 2013, it has never been more important for Minister Coveney to secure the resumption of the live cattle trade to Libya, and other North African and Middle Eastern markets.”