Ireland produces approximately 550,000 tonnes of beef annually. About 10% of this is consumed domestically, meaning 500,000 tonnes is exported worth €1.8 billion. Nearly 98% of exports are destined for the UK and continental Europe. Along with exported carcass beef almost 200,000 live cattle are exported to continental Europe to meet the demand of the feedlot industry for high quality, healthy animals.
There are currently over 7 million cattle in Ireland which is nearly double the human population.Given this fact it is easy to understand why Ireland is the 4th largest net exporter of beef in the world.
Farm Tours Ireland gives you access to the largest beef producers in the world, exclusive visits to the largest beef processing units and sample Ireland's prime beef.