Irish beef will begin being exported to China in July of this year.
That’s the view of the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed who says today’s announcement presents an excellent opportunity for the Irish beef sector, from farmers through to processors. Three beef factories here have been fully approved by the Chinese authorities including the Larry Goodman-owned ABP plant in Clones.
China banned beef from the EU and US during the BSE crisis in 2000 and our exports to China were worth almost a billion Euro last year – even with the beef ban in place. Minister Creed spoke on the Joe Finnegan Show, he says it takes approximately eight weeks to export goods from Ireland to China.
The Irish Farmers Association says it’s confident that Ireland is well placed to deal with the expected demand from China. The organisations regional chairman for Ulster and North Leinster, Nigel Renaghan says the focus will be on getting the best price for Irish beef: