Beef trade to UK ac­cel­er­ated in Au­gust

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Ir­ish beef ex­ports to the UK have ac­cel­er­ated, ac­cord­ing to data from the UK’S Agri­cul­ture & Hor­ti­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Board, which says fig­ures for UK im­ports of fresh/ frozen beef in the year to Au­gust in­di­cated that Ir­ish ship­ments in­creased by 11,400 tonnes (9%) year-to-date, com­pared to 2017.

The AHDB says this is fu­elled by high pro­duc­tion in Ireland this year, but pre­dicts that in­creased Ir­ish calf ex­ports in 2017 and 2018 could po­ten­tially re­duce Ir­ish fresh/ frozen beef ex­ports next year and be­yond. Ir­ish e po gr h h a s s l i g ht l o u t - stripped the more than 8% growth in UK im­ports of fresh/frozen beef in the year to Au­gust, com­pared to 2017, to­talling 188,000 tonnes this year.

It is pos­si­ble that in­creas­ing Ir­ish beef ex­ports to the UK are due to Ir­ish beef pro­ces­sors build­ing sup­plies of beef for stor­age in the UK, so that they can con­tinue to sup­ply t h e ir B i t i h c u s t o m e r s i f trad­ing is dis­rupted by a Brexit no-deal.

Dairy pro­ces­sors such as Or­nua have al­ready adopted this strategy.

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