Authorities in the earthquake-stricken Kathmandu have banned the sale of meat and the slaughtering of livestock, including poultry, across the Nepali capital, because of concerns about disease. Meat traders in the rest of Nepal have already been affected by falling sales and depressed prices.
A lamb supply shortage and poor international demand have forced leading Australian processors to scale back production.
A new green energy initiative by Japanese meat processor NH Foods has been hailed as a model of environmental and business efficiency.
In the US, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has identified four more probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms.