Irish sheepmeat exports have followed a continuous upward curve in recent years and totalled 57,000t in 2017 with a value of €274m. When combined with domestic consumption, the Irish sheepmeat sector is worth in excess of €320m to the national economy. Achieving growth in export markets has been made possible by the national flock recovering to 2.64m ewes.

A major component of maintaining and building on recent performance is ensuring high levels of consumer satisfaction. This was the view highlighted by Bord Bia's Declan Fennell at Sheep 2018 Farm to Fork, which took place last Saturday in Teagasc Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co Galway.