11 Feb 2019, 14.11

The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will meet tomorrow to resume its discussion of live exports and the issues facing the live trade of animals, particularly in light of Brexit.

Representatives from Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society (ICOS); Hunter International Livestock Ltd and Wicklow Calf Company Ltd will appear before the Committee.

“The live export trade is a very important part of the Irish beef industry”, said Agriculture Committee Chair, Pat Deering TD.

“In 2018, live exports increased by 31%, reflecting the high quality of Irish stock. At tomorrow’s meeting the Committee will engage with the witnesses about concerns over new regulations around live exports; animal welfare and ensuring lairage capacity in France for calves. The establishment of an exporter representative body to facilitate planning and co-operation between exporters is also likely to be discussed.

The meeting will begin at 3.30pm in Committee Room 1, Leinster House. Watch the meeting live here

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