The live export trade to Turkey will open this week according to the President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Joe Healy.
IFA has been pushing to get the live trade to Turkey open since last year and following several visits by Turkish and Irish delegations, the trade is finally set to open.
Healy said this is a very positive development for the Irish livestock sector and will add much-needed competition to the trade for weanlings and younger stock.
Joe Healy said Turkey is a real opportunity for Irish live cattle and imported a total of 380,000 head in 2015, the majority from South America and up to 120,000 head from France. "Turkey is a high volume live cattle destination, capable of paying very good prices," he said.