Sharp rise in calf imports from Ireland to Netherlands

Updated Mar 11, 2023
The import of calves from Ireland was almost 94% higher in the first 8 weeks of 2023 than in the same period in 2022. 15,464 calves were imported from Ireland to the Netherlands for the veal calf sector. The figures come from the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Wakker Dier is concerned about this sharp increase and has made this known in an urgent letter to Minister Adema of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
The Irish calves are only a few weeks old when they go on transport. The journey to the Netherlands takes an average of 3 days, of which the animals spend 18 hours on a boat. Adema's predecessor said that he wants to limit the transport time of young animals and that he ...
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