Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (432)

John Deasy

Question:

432. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown of live cattle export volumes by destination, both EU and third countries, respectively, over the past five years. [39302/19]

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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.  My Department facilitates this trade, recognising its critical importance to the agri-sector, while ensuring that live animal exports meet the highest welfare standards.  I continue to prioritise efforts to gain access to new third country markets and, equally importantly, to deepen existing markets for live exports.

In 2018, live exports of cattle increased by over 30% to 246,000 head compared to 2017. This year has seen a further increase of 20% on the same point last year.  Tables with figures for exports of cattle and calves from 2015 to 2019 follow.

Live exports of cattle 2015 to 2019 (YTD)

Country 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Belgium

600

400

5,500

13,500

2,961

France

8,600

5,900

2,800

9,100

7,222

GB

9,100

6,600

5,900

5,500

4,171

Greece

700

1,500

1,000

1,600

1,653

Hungary

100

400

100

200

1,367

Italy

24,900

18,600

19,400

24,100

26,644

Libya

400

2,200

1,800

5,500

6,611

Morocco

300

200

0

700

0

Netherlands

43,700

27,000

41,800

48,900

81,951

Northern Ireland

55,300

24,500

26,100

24,600

22,013

Poland

0

0

0

2,700

5,338

Romania

300

600

1,400

800

85

Slovakia

0

500

300

1,800

0

Spain

29,600

37,000

50,500

92,500

79,605

Tunisia

3,900

0

0

200

747

Turkey

0

19,300

30,600

12,900

2,860

Totals *   

178,000

145,200

188,300

244,600

244,028

* Countries with smaller numbers of exports are not listed individually on the table provided but are included in totals