14 new beef plants approved for China
Following the Chinese
audit of beef plants in
September, 14 further beef
plants have recently been
approved to export to the
Minister for Agriculture,
Food and the Marine,
Michael Creed TD, said: "I
am delighted that all of the
beef plants which were
audited in September have
now been approved by the
Chinese Authorities. There
are now no outstanding
"This is the strongest
endorsement possible of
Irish food safety standards.
We were the first country
in western Europe to
achieve access to the
Chinese market and now
it is clear that our plants
are meeting the high and
exacting standards of the
Chinese authorities. The
key ask of industry had
been to have more plants
approved in order to meet
the growing demand
coming from the Chinese
market. Working together
with our meat industry
partners, Bord Bia, the Irish
Embassy in Beijing and
the Chinese Embassy in
Dublin, we have achieved
Ireland gained access to
the Chinese beef market
in April 2018 and the
latest approvals mean that
21 beef plants are now
approved to export to
China, increasing Ireland's
ability to supply a growing
demand in China for
premium quality, safe and
sustainably produced beef.
China is currently Ireland's
fifth biggest market for
agri-food exports and
has grown significantly
over the years. Total agri-
food exports amounted
to almost 800 million
in 2018. The amount of
beef in tonnes exported to
China January to August
2019 was 4,651tonnes, a
total of 21.4 million.
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The role that trace elements play in the fertility and
thrive of both dairy and beef cattle is well established.
Trace elements such as copper, selenium, cobalt and
iodine are vital for fertility, and where a deficiency
has been diagnosed, it is important to address it via a
proven method of supplementation. The relevant trace
elements should be supplied to the animal at required
levels and at consistent rates, particularly during key
periods during the production cycle.
However, it is not just the trace elements themselves
which are critical, but also the manner in which they
are supplied. We need to ensure that all animals
receive an amount of trace elements which is
compatible with their daily requirements. Too much
of a trace element can prove toxic; too little and the
deficiency will not be addressed. Many convenient
free access delivery methods such as licks and
blocks, have disadvantages, as intake levels cannot
be measured. In fact, studies have shown that intakes
between animals are extremely variable, with some
animals consuming nothing and others consuming
excessive quantities due to palatability di erences.
Oral drenches are often seen as a cheap and
convenient option, but with the body unable to store
trace elements such as cobalt and iodine, they are not
appropriate solutions for ongoing deficiencies.
Peaks and troughs in the levels of trace elements
supplemented can have a negative impact on
fertility and health, so it is critical to select a form of
supplementation which is proven to deliver the same
levels of trace elements each day. One such method
is the Bimeda Cosecure Cattle bolus, which is the only
multiple trace element bolus available in Ireland which
is a registered medicine (category LM). Cosecure
Cattle supplies ionic copper, ionic cobalt and selenium
at a controlled and constant rate, for up to six months.
Cosecure Cattle is also the only medicinal multiple
trace element bolus in Ireland or the UK, which has
demonstrated increased reproduction outcomes in an
The research involved the dairy herd at the University
of Leeds and the cattle in the trial had all previously
su ered from low conception rates and anoestrus.
Some had shown visible signs associated with
copper deficiency and thiomolybdate toxicity, such as
`spectacles eyes' and poor coat colour.
Cattle to which Cosecure Cattle Boluses were
administered benefitted from increased fertility
compared to the control group, and, specifically;
· had significantly fewer inseminations than non-
· had a significantly shorter calving interval than
As all famers know, these results are great news for
has also shown that there is a
cost saving for each day a cow is put in calf earlier, so
it is important to find proven methods of trace element
supplementation, to address any known deficiencies
which may be contributing to impaired fertility.
WHAT ABOUT IODINE?
In Ireland, many cattle also su er from iodine
deficiency and farmers will be pleased to learn that
Bimeda also o ers an iodine-containing bolus called
CoseIcure. Like its sister product Cosecure, CoseIcure
lasts for up to six months and delivers ionic copper,
ionic cobalt and selenium, as well as iodine.
THE ROLE OF MOLYBDENUM AND SULPHUR
High levels of ingested molybdenum and sulphur are
an additional issue which is common on Irish farms.
These elements can combine in the rumen to form
a compound called Thiomolybdate. Thiomolybdate
can bind with the copper co-dependant enzymes in
the bloodstream, which play a role in fertility, and
render them inactive. This phenomenon is known as
Thiomolybdate Toxicity (TMT). TMT looks very similar to
copper deficiency in cattle and is sometimes referred
to as copper lock, or secondary copper deficiency.
The Cosecure and CoseIcure boluses contain a unique
form of copper known as ionic copper, which is known
to be highly e ective at combating the negative
impacts of molybdenum and thiomolybdate, and
preventing thiomolybdate toxicity from occurring. The
ionic copper in the Cosecure and CoseIcure boluses is
available at the same pH as the rumen. Here it binds
with thiomolybdate and prevents it from moving into
the bloodstream and causing Thiomolybdate Toxicity.
This means the CoseIcure and Cosecure boluses are a
popular choice on high-molybdenum farms, following
on from appropriate diagnostics.
THE ROLE OF SOLUBLE GLASS
The Cosecure and CoseIcure boluses also have a
unique delivery system, being made of a unique
soluble glass which dissolves at a controlled and
constant rate. This means that the boluses deliver
consistent rates of trace elements each day, at levels
which are consistent with the daily requirements of
the animal. This is an important feature of the boluses,
as peaks and troughs in trace elements can adversely
a ect fertility.
A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH TO TRACE ELEMENT
It is important to note that trace elements in any
form should only ever be given on the basis of a
diagnosed deficiency and on the recommendation of
a veterinarian, nutritionist or animal health advisor. If
your cattle are known to be deficient in copper, cobalt,
selenium or iodine, or are known to ingest high levels
of molybdenum or sulphur, speak to your veterinarian
or animal health advisor about the role that Cosecure
or CoseIcure could play in addressing these issues.
For further queries, contact Bimeda on 1850 51 52 53
or call Bimeda General Manager Andrew Glynn on
087 252 5110.
CONCERNED ABOUT CATTLE FERTILITY?
MAKE INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT TRACE ELEMENT NUTRITION
1. McDowell, 1996. Animal Feed Science technology. Feeding minerals to cattle on pasture. 60, 247-271.
2. Mackenzie et al. 2001. British Soc of animal prod. The e ect of Cosecure on the conception rate and trace element status of dairy cattle.
3. Esslemont. 2003. Journal of cattle practice. The costs of poor fertility and what to do about reducing them. 11, 237-250.