Exporters step back from markets due to border chaos

Auction markets were expecting to feel the impact of border closures at sheep sales this week as demand drops for export weight lambs.

On Sunday (December 20), France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries will sail from the port of Dover.

Ted Ogden, auctioneer at Skipton, said there would be demand for lambs to serve the domestic market but several export focused companies had told them they would no longer require the class of lamb for export.

“We still require sheep. The sales are still going ahead,” he said.

“But people need to know that their expectations may need to change and make their own decisions. Informing them is part of our job as auctioneers. If buyers are wanting more of those lambs we tell them so it seemed right we communicate this.”

 

 

by Alex Black

 

 

Beef imports to EU should be suspended in event of no-deal Brexit – IFA

The Irish Farmers Association has said that all beef imports into the European Union should be “suspended immediately” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The IFA President, Tim Cullinan, said that the Mercosur Trade Agreement – which would allow for the import of large volumes of beef into the EU – should also be suspended in the event of a no-deal.

He said that the export of beef to the United Kingdom could be severely impacted by tariffs if there is a no-deal.

Mr Cullinan told the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee that he would be very concerned that the UK could do a deal in beef imports with a third country in the event of a no-deal.

 

 

by Fran McNulty