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Keeping feed records is very useful

Irish beef producers have proven that it is worth to keep accurate feed delivery records, since they stayed out of the dioxin contamination problems.

Unlike the pig sector the beef industry in Ireland was able to protect itself from the unwanted economic damage, after cancer linked dioxins were discovered in recycled animal feed.

Their salvage was based on accurate feed delivery records and the ability to trace every animal fed and kept on an individual holding, said the National Beef Association (NBA).

NBA admits that the discipline required maintaining feed and equally useful medicine records, on an almost daily basis can at times be considered an inconvenience by some farmers.

No re-calls of Irish beef
A result of being able to identify exactly which cattle were exposed to contaminated feed, and then being able to conduct dioxin analysis on carcases already moving through the food distribution system, the Irish authorities were able to restrict beef sector damage to the destruction of only around 5000 cattle from 21 finishing farms.

"It is also noteworthy that as a result of scientific evidence provided from these analyses it was not considered necessary to re-call any Irish beef and the only adverse trade responses came as a result of tougher import inspection by Italy and precautionary moves against all meat from the EU by South Africa, Russia and China," NBA chairman, Christopher Thomas-Everard said.

The NBA believes that another useful precaution for livestock farmers is the requirement to keep a record of all feed deliveries, and also have to store for one year, a sample of each batch of dry concentrate feed delivered.

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