Exporting to Dubai

Life on my cattle farm certainly isn’t dull. We now receive enquiries for beef and dairy livestock from all over the world. It just goes to show the power of the internet.

Over the past 30 plus years, our well-equipped lorries have clocked up the miles transporting cattle all across continental and eastern Europe, but to fulfil a recent order a plane was required!

Following an enquiry for Chianina cattle from a customer in the United Arab Emirates, I set about sourcing three heifers and a bull from Italy. Chianina are one of the biggest breeds of cattle in the world, so transportation was always going to be a little more taxing than usual.

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In this case, we had to arrange for the animals to be taken by truck from Italy to Liege airport in Belgium where they were loaded into individual timber transportation crates. These crates were then placed into the cargo hold of the plane. Around 6 and a half hours later, the animals arrived safe and well in Dubai. Thanks to help from Conor Ryan and Dovea AI the whole transaction only took around 6 weeks to complete.

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The cargo hold of the plane

The appeal of Chianina cattle

In the Middle East it is a great honour to own the biggest white or black and white animals – no other colour has the same gravitas. The animals which we exported will stay on a large dairy farm. They will be bred among themselves (the heifers chosen were all unrelated to the bull). They are certainly a trophy purchase.

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Angelo – sire of the exported heifers

It is one of the more unusual orders that we have undertaken, but then variety is the spice of life!

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