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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said it is essential that more resources are provided to assist the live export trade on market access.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the Minister for Agriculture’s confirmation today that the live export trade to Turkey has opened.

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IFA President Joe Healy said he understands that the live export trade to Turkey will open this week. He said this is a very positive development for the Irish livestock sector and will add much- needed competition to the trade for weanlings and younger stock.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said there is a real opportunity now for Ireland to open the live export market to Turkey and he called on the Minister for Agriculture to prioritise the negotiations in agreeing the access arrangements with the Turkish authorities. He said IFA has been working on live exports to Turkey for some time and this needs to be intensified at Ministerial level.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said cattle finishers cannot afford to part with cattle at anything less than last week base prices of €4.20 for steers and €4.30 for heifers. He said the move by some factories to lower quotes is designed to destabilise the trade when numbers are tightening and all they are trying is to get another week’s supply at lower prices.

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