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Poland Importing More US Bovine Genetics

01 July 2009

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

POLAND - An agreement between the Polish and U.S. Holstein Association signed in April 2009 is expected to stimulate increase of exports of US bovine genetics to Poland and eliminate potential trade barriers in the future.

The Polish market for dairy livestock genetics experienced unprecedented growth since Poland joined the European Union in 2004 with about 20 percent annual growth, says the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. According to their report, Poland is now one of the major European Union dairy producers with a strong potential for future development due to very good natural conditions, well developed dairy processing industry and strong demand for exports of dairy products within the European Union and on the third markets.

In 2008, Poland imported 762,000 doses of bovine semen worth US$ 4,253,532. Direct imports from the U.S. amounted to 64,795 doses of bovine semen worth US$ 349,034. Apart from direct imports, there is also a significant indirect flow of US bovine semen to Poland.

It is estimated that most US origin semen is shipped to Poland via Great Britain and Germany. These shipments are not registered as exports to Poland due to existing common market within the European Union. It is estimated that indirect imports of US semen to Poland amount to 45,000 doses.

Total exports of bovine semen from the United Sates to Poland in 2008 including indirect sales via other EU member states is estimated at 110,000 semen doses or US$768,000. The U.S. market share in total value of imports in 2008 is estimated at 18 percent.

Bovine genetics imported from other EU countries also originate from the United States as well as most of German, French and Dutch dairy bulls have 100 percent of U.S. dairy genetics.

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