The total number of cattle exported from Ireland in 2021, has dropped by 17% or more 50,500 head compared to external figures for 2019.
According to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects Report 2021-2022, rising cattle prices in the domestic market made it difficult for all breeds of Irish cattle to compete in major export markets.
Although the number of cattle exported in 2021 has returned to levels by 2019 and 2020, the total value of live cattle sales has risen sharply to € 157 million – an 18% increase from 2020, according to Bord Bia .
As the chart above shows, 2019 was a strong year in selling Irish cattle with more than 200,000 calves exported in 2019 compared to more than 141,000 calves exported in 2021.
For the second year in a row, Spain is Ireland’s largest cattle market, accounting for about 41% of total cattle sales.
Interestingly, the report states that there has been a great deal of interest in dairy cows from dairy cows in the Spanish market in recent years where they will be used extensively in cattle production.
These dairy cows accounted for 60% of their export sales by 2021, while the remaining 40% were dairy cows, according to the report.
The Netherlands was Ireland’s second largest bull market in 2021, accounting for 36% of total cattle sales.
Calves are usually dairy cows that are bred to produce cows.
There was a strong increase in the number of stores and large herds exported in 2021 and this was largely due to the large number of cattle exported to Northern Ireland.
Importance from Northern Ireland had a profound effect on Irish cattle sales in 2021, particularly in cattle ranches for future and finalized stocks.
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