Imports of cattle from the Republic of Ireland for direct slaughter at meat plants in NI are running at their highest level since 2016.

For the year to date (week ending 14 March), 3,265 Irish cattle have been imported and processed at NI plants, a 27% increase on the 2,561 imported over the same period in 2019. In the same period in 2018, just 776 cattle came north for slaughter, although in 2016 the import figure stood at 5,176.