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Live Cattle Exports to Britain Surge

09 July 2009

IRELAND - Irish export to Great Britain rose by 290 per cent over the last year to 20 June compared to hte previous year.

Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith said in a written reply to a Dáil question by Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten that 2,500 head of cattle were exported to mainalnd Britain.

The Irish Examinerreports that Mr Smith said shipments of cattle to Northern Ireland are close to 31,600 head, an increase of some 230%. Total live cattle exports to Britain at almost 34,100 head, are 233% up on the same period in 2008.

Minister Smith said the main reasons for this increase are reduced cattle availability in Britain and higher returns on the market there. He said the live export trade is an important element of Ireland’s meat and livestock industry, providing a complement to the beef trade.

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