Ireland could soon be exporting beef to Canada, the Irish Farmers Journal can exclusively reveal. What have been described as “intensive” negotiations have taken place between Irish and Canadian officials regarding the opening of the trade.

John Masswahl, a senior official with the Canadian Cattlemen Association, has been part of the negotiations between Canada and Europe. Masswahl indicated to the Irish Farmers Journal that a deal between the two sides is edging closer. “The latest briefing I’ve had indicates that, yes, they (Canada and Europe) are at an advanced stage and I am confident that positive results should emerge,” he said.