ICSA MEETS TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED LIVE EXPORTS TO TURKEY

5 MAY 2017

A senior delegation of ICSA officials today met with the Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Levent Murat Burhan, at the Turkish Embassy in Dublin. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the potential for increasing live exports to Turkey, including the potential to expand the market to include heavier cattle than the typical 300kg limit.

Speaking following the meeting ICSA president Patrick Kent said “There is currently huge demand for beef in Turkey due to the sheer size of the population. ICSA is pushing to further tap into that demand by increasing the numbers of cattle we are shipping live, which includes the opportunity to ship heavier cattle. Irish beef beef farmers in this country need to have the option of live shipping, indeed it has never been more imperative to have this option.”

Mr Kent said the delegation also discussed the issue of animal welfare standards once cattle arrive in Turkey. Mr Kent said “The Ambassador assured us they were fully committed to the highest possible standards. The Ambassador said Turkish farmers take huge pride in taking great care of their cattle.”

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