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Uruguay Resumes Sales of Live Cattle to Egypt

05 November 2008

URUGUAY - Uruguay has resumed live animal sales to Egypt with a first shipment of 12.000 cattle and 40.000 sheep in late October.

Egypt for years was an important client of Uruguayan beef and live animals but for several years the market had remained closed, reports Mecropress.

According to the news agency, however following the updating of bilateral agreements and sanitary agreements trade has picked up again. Four Egyptian veterinarians spent months in Uruguay checking farms, cattle and sheep flocks before confirming the authorization.

“The 12.000 cattle are mainly one year old calves and young steers which are being shipped directly to feed lots”, Javier Cassarino, the man responsible for the commercial operation, told Mecropress.

The hoggets are 12 to 15 months old and on arrival will be slaughtered for local consumption. Egypt with a majority Muslim population has its own rites for killing sheep and as most Arab countries, particularly for the Ramadan festivities, imports thousands of live sheep.

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