Irish Aberdeen-Angus breeders have achieved an export breakthrough
with the export of 50 pedigree and commercial Aberdeen-Angus cattle
The consignment comprised 33 pedigree cattle from four herds and
17 commercial cattle for slaughter and marketing as Certified Aberdeen-Angus
beef to leading restaurants in South-east Italy.
“We are delighted to have secured this business and we are
hopeful that the buyer will return in the autumn to make further
purchases,” said Jim Mulvey, who supplied a bull and 19 heifers
from his old-established Ballinwing
herd at Leitrim, Carrick-on-Shannon,
The shipment also included a senior stock bull, Lisduff Dinky,
three pedigree heifers and two calves, and six Aberdeen-Angus cross
cattle from Leo McEnroe, Lisduff, Maghera, Virginia, Co Cavan,
11 commercial Aberdeen-Angus from Bartle and John McEnroe, Liss
House, Oldcastle, Co Meath, and seven in-calf pedigree heifers
from Norman Little’s Cavetown herd.
The cattle were gathered at Trim Assembly Centrane. Co Meath,
before shipment from Rosslare Port to Cherbourg and by road to
Lecce. Buyer, Tommaso de Pasquale, is a farmer and meat processor.
“Tommaso ‘phoned me when the cattle arrived and he
is very satisfied with his purchases,” said Mr Mulvey, who
is planning to visit Mr de Pasquale next week (w/c June 25) to
see the cattle in their new home.
The chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Ron
McHattie, said the export breakthrough was “great news” for
the Aberdeen-Angus breed in Ireland.
“Irish breeders have put a lot of work into winning this
market in Italy and we congratulate them on their success,” said
Mr McHattie. “We look forward to building on this initial
export in the months ahead.”
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