• • • Irish exporters have accessed this market
A Cork-based exporter is looking for mainly Friesian, Hereford and Angus weanling bulls to export to Poland. Noel Gowen, who’s tasked with overseeing the operation with Grasstec, said: “We are planning to send approximately 100-200 head per week to Poland. “This is a new market for Irish stock, with the Polish looking for Friesian, Angus and Hereford young bulls from the dairy herd.
Although a small market for Irish cattle, the value of these exports to the Irish beef industry can not be underestimated. So far this year, Irish exporters have sold 595 cattle to Poland. 2018 has been the first time since 2007 – when 138 cattle were sent to Poland – that Irish exporters have accessed this market. It is not a high-end market; as long as the stock are of good quality, healthy and calves that were born in spring 2018, then Poland is an option.