The Prices for red meat and cattle are on the rise in Turkey.
Turkey's 2017 imports have reached $1.3 billion but the domestic products are getting more expensive.
With the sustained Turkish government incentives to produce calves, the calf population is forecast to slightly increase in 2017 and continue in 2018.
In 2016, calves number reached 3.5 million, which is 2.6 percent higher than the previous year. However, mortality rates for calves have been high.
The cattle population is expected to grow in 2018 due to feeder cattle import policies, however, as anticipated last year, carcass weight is forecast to be stagnant because of high feed prices.
In August, preparations for the Muslim sacrifice holiday in early September were at full speed. Kars province, which is located in the north east of Turkey, is a crucial source for animals for slaughter to be dispatched to other locations of Turkey for the sacrifice holidays.
Additionally, MinFAL has prohibited sales of female animals in markets for sacrifice holiday since female animals are needed for breeding to increase the animal inventory of Turkey, which is in line with Turkey’s national agriculture policies.
Total cattle import in 2018 is forecast to double after the new Council of Ministers’ Degree, published on July 29, 2017 in the Official Gazette. This degree granted import permission to the Milk and Meat Board (ESK) to import of 500,000 head of cattle.
Turkey imported 203,000 head of cattle in 2015, including 288 head of buffalo, and 494,000 head of breeding and feeder cattle in 2016.
Cattle import doubled in 2016 when compared with the previous year.