Cattle exporters are studying a tender opened by Turkey’s Meat and Milk Board for young cattle. It is inviting tenders for 50,000 head from the EU over coming months, as well as 50,000 from South America. It is the first tender by the board, which has taken over importing of live cattle. Tariffs have been raised sharply on cattle imported independently by private traders.

The tender specifies male cattle of beef breed aged under 12 months and weighing under 300kg. The closing date is Monday 18 July. This will be followed by weeks of negotiations, after which successful bidders will have up to 50 days in which to quarantine and deliver animals. The timing suits the start of weanling sales here in early September.