Irish cattle heading to Libya to bolster beef market

By Jamie Prentis.

Irish cattle

Irish Freisian cattle (Photo: Social media)

Tunis, 3 May 2017:

Some 1,850 Irish cattle are being imported into Libya this month. The deal is with Supreme Livestock, an Irish company with a strong reputation for cattle exports in the MENA region, the Irish Independent reported.

Until the 1996 outbreak of Mad Cow disease (BSE), Ireland was a prime supplier of beef to Libya with a peak export of some 81,500 cows worth €70 million being sent to Libya in 1995.

The trade with Libya did not resume until 2012. In December 2014, Irish company Viastar sent around 2,500 cattle to Libya.

There are hopes that the news deal will lead to further sales, but this will depend on the price.

“This is good news for farmers because we’re taking all types of bulls. We want Friesians of 300-400kgs, Hereford and Angus of 400-500kg and Continentals of 450-550kg,” Patsy McCabe, one of the owners, was quoted as saying.

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