Lamb meat contains many vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin B12. Furthermore, it is well-known that this type of red meat is an excellent source of protein. Even though the red meat has sometimes a bad reputation and many people avoid consuming it because this would raise the blood level of cholesterol and therefore increase the risk of heart disease. Continue reading
The Karakul is one of the most well-known sheep breeds in the world and highly appreciated by breeders with a tradition in livestock and sheep meat consumption, as well as in the fashion industry.
Some Facts about Karakul Sheep
Karakul sheep belongs to the fat-tailed or fat-rumped group of breeds that is characterised by the fat deposit at the base of the tail rather than elsewhere in the carcass. This fat has a distinctive texture and flavour that are highly valued in central Asian cuisine and others! Continue reading
After official negotiations between the sanitary veterinary authorities from both countries, Romanian livestock companies can now export lambs and cattle to Turkey starting from January of 2017. There are now sanitary certificates for trading sheep and bulls for both breeding and immediate slaughtering that can be used for making the export.
Our company Seradria works with Turcana traditional breed of sheep, which has a good ratio of meat upon slaughtering. We can prepare large numbers quickly, with a few thousands always on stock, ready for delivery. For cattle we usually work with Simmental breed as it is the most widespread in Romania. We can also offer other meat breeds such as Blue Belgium, Charolais and Limousine, but in fewer quantities. We can export bulls for breeding (150-250kg) as well as for immediate slaughtering (300-600kg). Transport is made by truck.
Breeding sheep and cattle is a traditional business in Romania, with companies having an extensive expertise in raising, fattening and trading various sheep and cattle breeds. The animals are raised in a complete natural, healthy environment. They are also treated from a sanitary veterinary perspective, as per EU regulations in force.
We can now export lambs and cattle to Israel. The official sanitary veterinary certificate has been ratified a few months ago which allows the Israeli market to import sheep from Romania. We can prepare the lambs specifically for Israel which means all should be males, castrated and with all required blood tests and vaccines required by Israeli sanitary veterinary authorities. Depending on the cold or warm season we will need to keep the lambs in our quarantine from 30 to 60 days after castration and vaccination and prior to export.
We can offer shipping to Haifa port in Israel or Eilat port for Palestine.
Sanitary Veterinary authorities in Lebanon have reopened the market for imports of livestock from Romania. After a few months of interdiction, Romanian sanitary veterinary authorities have had a few official meetings with their Lebanese counterparts in order to draft a new sanitary veterinary certificate. The new agreement is now shorter and more concise, with the exact specifications and conditions that must be met in order for a livestock company from Lebanon to be able to import sheep and cattle of Romanian origin.
Seradria has prepared all necessary documentation and can export lambs and bulls to Lebanon as of today. The lambs have an average weight of more than 25 kg/head and are from 2015. The Simmental cattle that we mainly work with has a range of 200-600 kg/head. Each cattle has its own passport for good traceability and all sanitary veterinary treatments done. We can export livestock for both breeding and slaughter.
After a few months of closure the Libyan market for livestock is now open to import lambs and cattle from Romania. After several official meetings between Libyan and Romanian sanitary veterinary authorities, an official agreement has been put in place that allows companies in Libya to start again the imports of livestock from Romania. The new sanitary veterinary certificate is official and can be used to approve the new exports, for both sheep and bulls.
As always, Seradria has been preparing for this moment and is ready to deliver high quality lambs, ready for slaughtering upon arrival in Libya. We have few lambs left from last year at weights between 45 and 55 kg per head. Starting from April we will be able to offer new lambs from 2015 which have a weight of around 25+kg per head.
We have already started to prepare Simmental bulls for sale to the Libyan market. These bulls are very good in terms of the meat/weight ratio at slaughtering and can take the trip to Libya very well. We have cattle with weights starting from 200kg per head and up to 600kg per head, all with individual passports for good traceability and all sanitary veterinary treatments done.
The bulls have all EU required sanitary veterinary treatments done with all certificated for export needed. They also have their own passports for identification purposes.
Livestock of cattle, sheep and goats and poultry increased, while livestock of pigs decreased. The National Institute of Statistics carried out the statistical survey regarding „Livestock and animal production in 2012”. Following the results of the statistical survey in 2012 compared to 2011, livestock of cattle, sheep and goats and poultry increased and livestock of pigs decreased.
Total number of cattle points out a growth of 1.0 %, while origin livestock (milk cows, buffalo cows for reproduction and heifers for reproduction) remained almost constant on December 1, 2012.
Total number of pigs decreased by 2.4%, while origin livestock (breeding sows) increased by 4.8%.
Total number of sheep and goats increased by 3.4%, while origin livestock (sheep, ewes and goats) increased by 3.2%.
Total number of poultry registered a growth of 0.4%, while number of adult layer poultry increased by 0.5%.
After successive growth of cattle livestock, reaching about 3 million heads at the end of 2006, significant falls constantly followed until 2010. Since 2010, cattle livestock were kept at about a constant level.
Pigs livestock constantly decreased, in 2012 being by 23.2% less than in 2006.
Since 2006, sheep and goats livestock registered major growths, in 2—9 reaching 10.1 million heads, following a slight fall, while in 2012 reaching the same level as in 2009.
Poultry livestock decreased, in 2012 being by 5.7% less than in 2006.
Livestock in Romania
For cattle livestock, Romania holds the tenth place among the countries of European Union, after France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Netherlands and Belgium. Regarding the density per 100 ha of land, our country is among the last countries of European Union, being followed by Hungary and Bulgaria.
At the end of 2012, for pigs livestock, Romania holds the ninth place in the European Union, after Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Italy and Belgium. Regarding the density per 100 ha of land, our country is followed by the following countries such as Greece, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, Lithuania and Bulgaria.
As some of you might already know we have a lot of snow right now in Romania. For the past week or so we have had powerful blizzards with snow as high as two meters in some areas and winds up to 100 km/h. It certainly sounds quite extreme but we are actually used with this weather during wintertime. To be honest we did not really had a proper winter this year, with the only snow falling in the past weeks. Temperatures are also way below 0 degrees Celsius, with some areas witnessing as low as -25 degrees Celsius, which is quite cold even for us.
Some of our clients ask us if we are still able to offer sheep for sale during winter, knowing the rough conditions we have to put up with. Although it is much harder to do business at these low temperatures and snow, the good news is, as a livestock exporter, we are prepared. This is mainly because we have enclosed housings for sheep and cattle with a capacity of over 8,000 lambs and bulls. Inside these livestock stables we have a temperature of over 18 degrees Celsius, which is good for a comfortable living. Most farms do not have such facilities, which makes accommodating livestock almost impossible during these months.
So even with such cold temperatures and lots of snow falling, it is business as usual for us.