Live cattle exports are running at 118,779 head to date this year, a positive trade highlighted by Bord Bia’s livestock manager Joe Burke at its beef farmers’ webinar. The figure is almost identical to the same period last year.

While the number of calves exported live had been under pressure earlier in spring, running as much as 10% behind 2020 levels by late March, strong performance in recent weeks has seen this reduced to just 4.2% behind 2020 levels, based on the week ending 24 April 2021.