Longford Leader Farming: Live exports trade vital for our €3bn livestock sector

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IFA president, Tim Cullinan, said the live export trade is very important to our €3bn beef and livestock sector.

IFA president, Tim Cullinan, said the live export trade is very important to our €3bn beef and livestock sector.

“A strong live export trade is essential for Irish agriculture in terms of price competition and alternative market outlets. As an island nation in the EU, Ireland must insist that we have full access to all markets for our livestock,” he said.

Mr Cullinan said Irish live exports operate to the highest animal welfare standards in the world.

The Minister for Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture has made it clear that Ireland operates to the highest standards, not just EU standards, but EU-Plus standards he pointed out.

Minister Creed has consistently pointed out that the Department of Agriculture inspections ensure that ‘the highest animal welfare standards are strictly complied with during transport of live cattle’.

Irish farmers full market access for all live animal exports.