A complete of 9,850 head of cattle, weanlings and calves have been exported within the first 5 weeks of 2023, in accordance with the most recent figures from the Division of Agriculture, Meals and the Marine (DAFM).
This determine is 1,943 head or 16% behind the figures from the identical interval final yr and 766 head or 8% forward of 2021 ranges.
A complete of 285,000 cattle had been exported from Eire in 2022 and over 170,000 of those had been calves.
In response to Bord Bia, the Netherlands was the stand-out marketplace for Irish calves in 2022 with 95,000 calves exported to the area, accounting for greater than half of the full.
Spain additionally remained an essential marketplace for each dairy and beef-sired calves with 55,000 calves exported to the nation in 2022.
The key calf exporting season for 2023 is about to kick off over the approaching weeks and present market forecasts would point out a optimistic outlook this yr for reside calf and cattle export numbers, with the demand remaining regular from the important thing EU markets, in accordance with Bord Bia.
The desk beneath reveals the extent of reside cattle exports by kind within the first 5 weeks of 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Because the desk above signifies, the numbers of retailer and grownup cattle exported are each again considerably, whereas the variety of weanlings exported has elevated considerably.
A robust dwelling market and rising costs for ahead and completed cattle is probably going resulting in a lowered stage of demand for reside ahead and completed cattle from Northern Eire.
Curiously, weanling exports stay excessive at 25% above the identical time final yr, regardless of reviews of some weanling exporters reluctant to pay the costs at the moment being achieved for the upper high quality export-type weanlings.
The Turkish market seems to be the prime driver of progress within the weanling export market within the opening weeks of 2023.
Dwell Irish cattle exports by vacation spot within the first 5 weeks of 2021, 2022 and 2023 are outlined within the desk beneath.
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Within the first 5 weeks of this yr, Northern Eire has taken the very best volumes of cattle at over 2,600 head.
That is adopted by Spain, Turkey and Italy with 1,840, 1,770 and 1,000 cattle exported to those international locations respectively, within the first 5 weeks of this yr.
Keep tuned to Agriland for additional updates on the reside cattle export commerce.