Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Questions (453)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

453. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding renewing live trade exports to Egypt; the status of the outstanding certification required before final access is granted; and when these are expected to be granted. [53651/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Live exports are a critical part of the infrastructure of our livestock industry. They play a significant role in stimulating price competition and provide an alternative market outlet for farmers.

During 1 January to 1 December 2018 live exports totalled 235,000 head of cattle, up 32% from 179,000 for the same period in 2017. This change was driven by a significant increase in exports to other EU countries.

Exports to third countries decreased in 2018 – due in part to currency fluctuations in the Turkish Lira. Nevertheless, nearly 13, 000 head of cattle were exported to Turkey to date this year.

The on-going search for new markets is a priority for my Department. In November my Department reached agreement with the Libyan authorities on veterinary health certificates for the export of breeding, fattening and slaughter cattle. A new certificate for breeding cattle and an amended veterinary certificate for the export of fattening and slaughter cattle were agreed. Having an agreed health cert for breeding cattle provides much more clarity for exporters, as previously exports of breeding cattle to Libya had to be agreed on a load by load basis. The age of cattle that can be exported to Libya increased, from 24 to 30 months – this increases opportunities for exporters to export a wider range of cattle. Live exports to Libya more than doubled this year to date compared to last year (from 1, 830 to 4,489).

Earlier this month, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, discussed the issue of animal health certificates with the Egyptian Deputy Minister for Agriculture. The Egyptian authorities indicated willingness to consider amending existing health certificates and putting a new certificate for breeding stock in place. My Department will continue to work with the Egyptian authorities on re-establishing live exports as soon as possible.

The prospects for live cattle exports remain good and my Department continues to engage with third countries and to seek out new markets for live exports.

Live Cattle Exports

Irish Live Cattle Exports, By Selected Country

Week Ending

% Change

Overall To Date

% Change

Change (Head)

Country

02.12.2017

01.12.2018

Prev. Week

Prev. Year

2017

2018

Northern Ireland

229

628

-11.9

174.2

25,254

22,454

-11.1

-2,800

Netherlands

45

212

17.8

371.1

41,806

48,832

16.8

7,026

Spain

113

1,077

14

853.1

49,593

87,302

76

37,709

Italy

60

129

-56.3

115

18,814

23,237

23.5

4,423

Belgium

42

100

-100

5,517

13,459

144

7,942

Great Britain

181

91

250

-49.7

5,657

5,109

-9.7

-548

France

110

100

100

2,754

9,055

228.8

6,301

Other Countries

172

181

-33.5

5.2

29,676

26,014

-12.3

-3,662

Total

842

2,428

-0.1

188.4

179,071

235,462

31.5

56,391

Source: DAFM

Irish Live Cattle Exports, Jan to 1 December (head)

2017

2018

Change - head

% Ch

Total United Kingdom

30,911

27,563

-3,348

-10.8

Great Britain

5,657

5,109

-548

-9.7

Northern Ireland

25,254

22,454

-2,800

-11.1

Total Continental EU

120,936

189,260

68,324

56.5

Belgium

5,517

13,459

7,942

144

Bulgaria

57

-57

-100

Cech Republic

9

711

702

7800

Denmark

100

Finland

100

France

2,754

9,055

6,301

228.8

Germany

469

219

-250

-53.3

Greece

882

1,396

514

58.3

Hungary

80

24

-56

-70

Italy

18,814

23,237

4,423

23.5

Lithuania

100

Luxemburg

100

Malta

100

Netherlands

41,806

48,832

7,026

16.8

Poland

2,431

2,431

100

Portugal

136

136

100

Romania

810

757

-53

-6.5

Slovakia

145

1,440

1,295

893.1

Slovenia

100

Spain

49,593

87,302

37,709

76

Sweden

100

Total Non-EU

27,224

18,900

-8,324

-30.6

Albania

100

Egypt

100

Israel

100

Kazakhstan

100

Kosovo

35

61

26

74.3

Lebanon

355

355

100

Libya

1,830

4,489

2,659

145.3

Montenegro

100

Morocco

620

620

100

Russia

451

291

-160

-35.5

Rwanda

54

50

-4

-7.4

S.Arabia

100

Tunisia

164

164

100

Turkey

24,854

12,870

-11,984

-48.2

Total

179,071

235,462

56,391

31.5

Source: DAFM

Irish Live Cattle Exports, Jan to 1 December (head)

2017

2018

Change - head

% Ch

Weanlings

26,829

30,559

3,730

13.9

Stores

24,859

26,364

1,505

6.1

Calves

101,268

157,138

55,870

55.2

Finished

26,115

21,401

-4,714

-18.1

Total

179,071

235,462

56,391

31.5

Source: DAFM