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Ireland may need 140 extra vets to certify beef exports to UK

04 March 2021

Ireland’s Department of Agriculture estimates that an additional 130 to 140 vets are needed to handle the extra herd health certificates on beef exports to the United Kingdom from 1 April.

Reporting in the Irish Examiner explains that the full impact of Brexit on the Irish cattle industry is still unclear. Until 1 January, the UK was one of the primary export markets for Irish beef. A new phase of Brexit-related regulations will come into effect at the end of March, which could add further costs to Irish exports to the UK from 1 April.

From 1 April, live cattle and beef exports will require additional herd health certificates to enter the UK. The Irish cattle industry warns that the extra certification poses a big challenge. The Department of Agriculture estimates that an additional 130 to 140 vets will be required to handle the extra workload.

There could be difficulties hiring the necessary personnel.

The Examiner warns that Ireland could face trade disruptions at the peak point of the spring beef season due to the changes.

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