NI customers buy over 50,000 cattle from the Republic this year
Cattle buyers in Northern Ireland are making their presence felt at mart rings around the Republic of Irelans this year, as over 50,000 head of cattle have been exported to Northern Ireland so far in 2021.
According to figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), a total of 51,839 cattle have been exported from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to Northern Ireland in the first 34 weeks of this year.
This year’s export levels to Northern Ireland is up by over 12,300 head of cattle, or 31% when compared to the same time period as last year.
The majority of beef cattle going north are forward-store type heifers and steers, as well as cows that are going for either direct slaughter or further production.
Looking to the final quarter of the year, this trend is expected to continue – and into next year also – something that Irish mart managers and beef farmers alike are glad to see continuing.
The most significant drop can be seen in the weanling export category which has dropped by 5,279 head, to 11,729 head of weanlings exported so far this year.
This can be attributed to a strong home market in ROI currently, and European customers struggling to get value in the Irish weanling market.