Turkish government establishes feeder cattle quota for 2024

Import quota set at 600,000 head
calendar icon 9 February 2024
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In January 2024 the Turkish government established an import quota for feeder cattle at 600,000 head, according to a recent US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report.

This number may be increased during the year as determined by the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry and the Turkish Milk and Meat Board (ESK) depending on market conditions. While this change in the Turkish government's involvement is sudden, it appears to reflect a desire within the Turkish government to shift imports to lower cost sources. As a result of this change, Turkish livestock producers will not be able to choose their own animals, as ESK will choose and distribute animals to farms following quarantine testing.

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