Beirut Boat Top Banner
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Directory Directory Subscribe

Egypt imports cattle from Ireland after 20-year hiatus


Please, enter data

Please, enter data

Daily News Egypt, 9 August 2017

Irish exporters expressed their willingness to secure a contract to supply cattle to the Egyptian market, according to AgriLand’s website.

This keenness came after lifting Egypt’s ban on the import of Irish meat, which lasted for 20 years because of mad cow disease.

The website said that the Egyptian market has an annual demand of 150,000 cattle, predominately serviced by imports from South America.

“Earlier this week, the Department of Agriculture agreed health certificates with Egyptian authorities to allow fattening livestock to be exported to the North African market,” said the website. “Irish exporters will be made aware of the country’s cattle requirements in the coming days, and a number of high-profile shippers are thought to be keen on exporting Irish cattle to Egypt”.

Under the agreed terms, Irish cattle are required to spend 21 days in quarantine prior to being shipped to Egypt.

In addition, the livestock destined to be exported must be under 12 months of age and less than 225 kg in weight at the beginning of this quarantine period.

Furthermore, exports to Egypt hinge on Ireland’s bluetongue-free status, and all animals are required to have been kept in a bluetongue-free country since birth, according to the website.

This could give Irish cattle an advantage over those sourced from other countries, such as France. Like Ireland, French authorities agreed on health certificates with Egyptian officials in recent weeks.

However, a number of cases of bluetongue have been recorded in France this year, and this could potentially limit the country’s ability to ship cattle to Egypt.

Regarding prices, the website said that Egyptian buyers will be particularly interested in securing Friesian-type cattle for further feeding. But the market price of these animals will most likely dictate the quantity, if any, exported from Ireland in the near future.

In 2016, an agreement was reached between Irish and Egyptian authorities to ship finished livestock to the North African market.

In 2016, the Egyptian buyers were willing to pay €2.60/kg for finished Irish cattle; approximately 50-60c/kg of this was set aside to cover assembly, transportation, and quarantine costs.

However, Irish cattle prices were too expensive and buyers for the Egyptian market were unable to secure the supplies they desired to make exports viable.

The Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) National Livestock chairperson, Angus Woods, has called upon the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Michael Creed, to include a visit to Egypt—focusing on live cattle exports—in his autumn schedule.

In March, a meeting between the president of the IFA, Joe Healy, and Egyptian Ambassador Soha Gendi to discuss the outlined details of a government project seeking 1 million head of livestock to be exported to Egypt.

The ambassador also explained that Ireland had been prioritized as one of the top countries, which Egypt hopes to cooperate with in relation to the project.
Daily News Egypt

Login to Add Your Comment  (for subscribers) | Subscribe


Latest News

Abu Dhabi Ports, Russia sign pact to bolster trade, attract investment to UAE free zones
The National, 21 March 2018

Abu Dhabi Ports signed a pact with Russia to strengthen trade ties and attract Russian companies to invest in the emirate’s free zones.

The ...

Read full story
Abu Dhabi Ports, Russia sign pact to bolster trade, attract investment to UAE free zones
Orascom Construction JV wins Dh661m Fujairah airport contract
The National, 19 March 2018

Orascom Construction and its UAE joint venture partner won the $180 million (Dh661m) Fujairah International Airport expansion contract as the Egyptian contractor ...

Read full story
Orascom Construction JV wins Dh661m Fujairah airport contract
Back to Home Page 3419 --- 0 <><><> 1065.8333333333.....exvideo=0....eximage=0
P 15
BR 17

RetrofitTech Dubai

3rd Annual Mosque Design & Development Summit
1 - April 2018
4th Annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit & Awards
10 - April 2018
The Annual Future Drainage & Stormwater Networks Abu Dhabi
2 - May 2018
Wet Infrastructure Summit
2 - May 2018
Future Civil Defense
7 - May 2018
  View more  

Market Indecies
Saudi SE - 2.32%
Dubai FM - 4.53%
Abu Dhabi SE - 3.99%
Kuwait SE - 1.51%
Doha SM - 8.36%
Muscat SM - 6.18%
Casablanca SE Closed
Bahrain SE - 0.98%
Cairo SE Closed
Amman SE - 1.12%

Wet Infrastructure Summit

Quick Links
  Brochures & Flyers  

Up-coming events
  Food Africa Cairo - 8 December - 10 December 2018  
  Mac Fruit Attraction - 8 December - 10 December 2018  
IFP Group Events Calendar

Magazine sections
  Growth Markets  
  Regional Overview  
  Tips and Tricks  
  Home Finance  
  Our Meetings
  Legal Issues


IFP Corporate
• IFP Emirates
• IFP Lebanon
• IFP Qatar
• IFP Iraq
• REC Saudi Arabia
• IFP China
Beirut Boat
Energy Lebanon
Project Lebanon
Heavy Max
Hospitality Qatar
Project Qatar
Qatar Hospital Build
Qatar School Build
Qatar Sports Infrastructure
Qatar StoneTech
Qatar Transport & Logistics
Iraq Agrofood Baghdad
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh Motor Show
IFP Group 2018 - © All rights reserved