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Beef Exports.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ceisteanna (68)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

60 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the steps he is taking to enhance the live cattle trade to Britain; the numbers exported in 2009; the reason this was proportionately smaller than the increase to other destinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11805/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The live export trade is an important component of our meat and livestock industry and provides a complement to the beef trade. The following table shows data on live cattle exports in 2009 along with the corresponding figures for 2008.

Destination

2009

2008

United Kingdom

89,503

34,577

Northern Ireland

79,430

32,712

Great Britain

10,073

1,865

Other Destinations

196,781

113,159

Total

286,284

147,736

Overall live exports in 2009 increased by 94% on 2008 levels. In the period covered, exports to the UK increased by 159%, with those to Great Britain increasing by 440% and those to other destinations by 74%. While the purchasing policy of UK meat plants is a commercial decision for those plants, Bord Bia continues to work closely with the industry in developing emerging opportunities for Irish livestock in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. This includes contact with processors and retailers in Britain to establish their interest in live Irish exports and cattle born in Ireland and finished in Britain.

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