Romania, Europe’s largest live sheep exporter. Who buys most of our sheep?

A report by Animals International, published last year, showed that Romania is Europe’s largest live sheep exporter. According to this report, the previous year has seen our country exporting live sheep worth almost € 175 million, and the country where most Romanian sheep were exported was Libya.

Sheep for sale and lambs for slaughter account for most Romanian exports, while pure-bred sheep for slaughter seem to be less important in terms of export value.

Libya (0.4 million sheep, worth € 51.5 million) and Jordan (0.63 million sheep, worth € 40.93 million) are the first recipients of sheep exports outside the EU, and since the EU recipients are primarily Bulgaria (58.3 thousand sheep, worth € 3.43 million) and Greece (59.3 thousand sheep, worth € 2.37 million), there is a very clear dominance of non-EU destinations for Romanian live sheep exports.

On the other hand, lambs’ exports are mainly targeting EU countries. Greece (0.36 million lambs, worth € 17.92 million) and Italy (0.32 million lambs, worth 15.14 € million) are well ahead of the first non-EU destination for lambs, which is Jordan (63.2 thousand lambs, worth € 4.53 million).

So why is Libya such a big fan of Romanian livestock?

Here are a few reasons for why Islamic countries have put their trust in Romanian livestock exporters:

  • High quality meat, lower price

First, we need to point out that while most Libyans prefer locally bred sheep, the local livestock is more expensive, so the Libyan state has arranged for the import of foreign-bred sheep which are currently traded at a lower price ranging from 20-30%. Besides that, the high-quality of Romanian meat has proved to be undeniable.

  •  A traditional interest in livestock

According to Libya Herald, last year the Libyan Presidency Council has announced that it has imported a total of 312,878 sheep up to 10 August. Most of the sheep were imported for Eid al-Adha (or the “Festival of the Sacrifice”).

Eid al-Adha is one of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide every year and according to Islamic teachings, all Muslims families have to buy a sheep, goat or cow to sacrifice in the early morning of the Eid al-Adha and then give away its meat to the poor.

Therefore, Islamic countries are particularly interested in live trade mainly because slaughter practices require the animals needs to be slaughtered while fully conscious, without any stunning, in order for the meat to be “halal”.

Sheep export trends: good news!

According to The Guardian, two years ago our country exported animals worth € 357 million, making Romania not only Europe’s biggest exporter of live animals, but also the 10th largest exporter of live cattle globally.

Until the 2000s, Romanian live exports went primarily to southern European countries (mostly to Croatia and Greece), but 10 years later Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel started to become valuable markets and took the crown from southern European countries.

A report by Management Journal shows that the general trend of livestock is a decreasing one for cows, heifers, pigs and cattle. Exception is made by goats and sheep, whose number has a continuous increasing trend in the past ten years due to high demand, especially by Arab countries, where the supply is currently (and will probably stay) insufficient.

Seradria, Romanian company with exporting authorization to Arab countries

The authorizations were granted by the Romanian sanitary veterinary authorities after conducting a very detailed examination of specific conditions like:

  • Livestock accommodation (Seradria’s farm has a capacity of 150,000 sheep, lambs, cattle and bulls per year and it was created in strict accordance with all standardization required by the EU legislation);
  • Sanitary and veterinary authorizations (among the documents required for each export to Arabian countries, Seradria also provides a sanitary & veterinary certificate that guarantees the livestock’s excellent health status);
  • Animal traceability (Seradria offers a very good traceability system so that every client is able to track the livestock purchased up back to its origins);
  • Special registers;
  • Residual water systems;
  • Suitable areas for fodder;
  • Watering and treatment administration;
  • Suitable installations for feeding.

In search of premium live sheep for sale? Contact Seradria!

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