NI Livestock genetics on world stage

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) will be supporting the development of exports of Livestock/Genetics at the International Agricultural Show (SIA) in Paris from 3-11 March.

The show is one of the world's largest agricultural shows for selling livestock for breeding, semen and embryos and it will provide the opportunity for NI genetics to be presented on the world stage.

Jelmer Hania, LMC export development executive said: "After years of absence from the international stage, European investors and producers realise that we have a unique genetic pool and that our quality is excellent.

"We at LMC want to encourage more breeders and breeders groups to get involved in exporting Northern Ireland genetics abroad and we want to assist those already exporting."

The LMC held a meeting to which over 20 delegates from breeders groups of cattle and sheep in Northern Ireland attended, a LMC spokeswoman said.

Brian Kennedy from AI services talked to the group about what is involved in exporting semen and embryos to other countries and many who attended the meeting showed a great deal of interest in attending the show in Paris, the spokeswoman added.

At the meeting, Hania highlighted funding available for breeders and breeders groups under the Trade Access Programme which would enable breed societies to attend export genetic shows in Europe.

He said: "LMC is keen that individual breeders and breeders groups take full advantage of trade shows.

"We are hopeful we will have lots of feedback and leads from the SIA show this year and look forward to breaking into new markets."

LMC will continue to support the NI industry with an export programme in 2007, which consists of presence at trade shows, organising regular seminars for the sector and the development of presentation material to create a Northern Ireland presence on the world stage.

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