Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Timmy Dooley TD, has called for Government action to ensure the protection of the livestock export trade in Ireland.

Deputy Dooley was speaking following the announcement that TLT International, Ireland’s largest livestock exporter, has gone into receivership.

“The fact that TLT has gone into receivership will lead to reduced competition for Clare farmers when selling their cattle. It will impact in a very severe way on weanling producers. It is now time for the Minister for Agriculture to develop a strategy for livestock exports, he needs to ensure the sector is protected and developed. Livestock exports are essential to a viable cattle trade in this country and an important element in reaching targets for the Food Harvest 2020 Programme

“The Minister must also work to ensure that farmers and marts are not exposed because of the receivership of TLT and do not incur any losses. The trade is extremely important to farmers in Clare and we need to see Minister Coveney being proactive on this.

“The fact that TLT has gone into receivership is a worrying development and will have huge implications for the suckler herd trade in the West of Ireland and particularly County Clare.

“Up to 30,000 weanlings are exported every year by the company and they have been frequent and active buyers of Clare weanlings.”