Northern Ireland beef exports to GB almost double

Beef exports from Northern Ireland to slaughter in GB have more than doubled in the year to date, with 13,093 head shipped compared with 6,805 in the same period last year.

Exports of animals for further breeding and production (excluding calves) increased by 61%, to 11,788 head.

Imports from the Republic of Ireland to slaughter in NI fell by 14%, to 28,471 head, while imports for breeding and production fell by 28%, to 15,466 head, said the latest Livestock and Meat Commission bulletin.

Beef-sired calf registrations in NI were now showing signs of stabilising, with 16,982 calves registered in October – the second consecutive month in which registrations were up on last year, it added.

“Poor cow fertility and difficult production conditions during 2012 have resulted in a reduction in beef-sired calf registrations, by 20,233 head, when comparing 2013 with the same period in 2012.”

Dairy-sired calf registrations increased by 3.6% in October, to 21,737 head, with male calves up by 5%, to 10,056 head.

“During the first 10 months of 2013, 71,165 dairy sired male calves were registered in NI compared to 73,172 head during the same period last year.”

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