China deal will aid horse export costs
An agreement that will slash the cost of exporting horses direct to China was signed with another Chinese delegation that spent time in Ireland last week.
The first consignment of thoroughbred horses to be shipped under the new arrangements is expected to happen later this year.
In addition, a protocol on the export of Irish porcine semen was also signed, facilitating, for the first time, the export of fresh porcine semen from Ireland to China.
China currently accounts for 50% of the world's pig production.
Detailed technical discussions on the current control regime for the production of beef in Ireland also took place over two days.