IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has strongly welcomed the positive decision from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to reduce inspection charges on calf exports by 75 per cent from €4.80 to €1.20 per head. He said this is a very positive boost to the live export trade for calves and comes at a vital time when calf sales are reaching their peak.
Mr Healy said IFA has been working hard to reduce charges on live exports and this decision by Minister Creed is worth about €1,100 on each load of calf exports.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said, along with the solid market demand from Holland, Spain and other countries, the announcement from Minister Creed is a very positive step for the live export trade, which is vital for price competition and market outlets.
Mr Woods said IFA has prioritised the live export trade this year and worked hard to drive a strong calf export trade.
He said seven loads of calves were already exported this week and the feedback from Ireland's key markets in Holland and Spain is encouraging.
He said calf health is very important in these markets and reminded farmers to ensure that only strong well-presented calves are presented for sale.
Mr Woods said IFA has been working with the Department of Agriculture, exporters and Bord Bia to maximise all live export opportunities.
He said IFA expected some more positive news on exports to Turkey very shortly.
In addition, IFA is pushing to get the live export certificate to Egypt improved to address issues on fattening cattle and quarantine.
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