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Australian cattlemen advised on maximising production

Beef producers have been warned that South Australia’s dry weather could put serious pressure on the reproductive performance of cattle.

Animal fat helps HKScan cut emissions by a third

Meat processor HKScan reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in 2015, and using animal fats for heating was one of several eco-friendly measures used to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tyson Foods bids for additional poultry site

Employees at Tyson Foods - one of the world’s biggest meat processors - have proposed to build a new poultry processing site near an existing plant in Arkansas....

Supreme Poultry and Chickens fined $30,000

A poultry processing plant in New South Wales (NSW), Australia has been fined for breaching conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL). 

Italy in front on beef water use

Beef production in Italy is economical when it comes to water consumption and is below the international average for water use, according to the Italian meat body Carni Sostenibili. 

Europeans want farm animal welfare

An overwhelming majority of European citizens want the political establishment to do more to improve the welfare of animals slaughtered for human consumption, according to a public opinion survey by...

McDonalds study helps beef farmers meet global CO2 target

Fast-food chain McDonalds has unveiled one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for...

US body blasts Obama over public lands lock-up

Public Lands Council’s executive director Ethan Lane has slammed US President Barack Obama, after the government locked up two million acres of land, depriving cattle of key grazing pastures....

US environment agency accused of breaking law over water bill

The USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused of breaching anti-lobbying laws after driving the clean waters bill (WOTUS) through Congress, despite bipartisan disapproval and beef industry opposition. ...

Finnish biorefinery turns grass into feed

Two research firms in Finland are testing and developing methods to produce pig and poultry feed from silage which, they claim, could improve farm profitability. 

Price shock in US beef market over

Shock market conditions, including a plummeting cattle price and tight protein supply, created the ‘perfect storm’ for US beef producers between 2014 to 2015 but the worst is behind the...

Leaders unite in Davos to tackle food waste

A thirty-strong team of CEOs, politicians and agri-food experts will spearhead a global initiative to cut food waste by 50%, after meeting at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in...

News in brief

USDA announces Howard Buffett as keynote speaker for industry panel

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that farmer Howard Buffet, son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffet, will speak at its Agriculture Outlook panel in February.

Climate change: a greater risk than weapons of mass destruction

The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched its Global Risks 2016 Report in London on Thursday 14 January.

Irish food body posts meat export growth

Ireland’s agriculture body Bord Bía has posted its sixth straight year of export growth, with beef exports rising by 6%. 

EU review on emissions a ‘serious risk’

A review on ammonia emissions has been criticised by EU farming bodies for posing a ‘serious risk’ to the livelihood of Europe’s agriculture sector. 

Lettuce creates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon

Eating pork will produce around one third of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) found in a diet rich in lettuce, a new study has claimed. 

Meat industry must lobby to protect interests after Paris climate change deal

The meat industry has been warned to lobby to protect its interests among governments charged with implementing the international climate change treaty agreed in Paris last weekend.

EU urged to set date for organic farming review

EU farm ministers have been urged to get a date sorted for a review on organic farming to ensure producers have clarity on new rules.

Green body may help meat producers cut carbon emissions

An enhanced technology assistance scheme to help spread best livestock and arable farming practice around the world is likely to emerge from the Paris climate change conference talks.

Climate change a ‘risk’ to global food security

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has warned that efforts to tackle climate change will have an adverse knock-on effect to global food security. 

Cut meat consumption to battle global warming, warn experts

People need to alter their dietary habits on a global level in order to battle global warming, experts have warned.

Meat tax favoured by public, report finds

Global appetite for meat could be in danger as many consumers believe a tax on beef, chicken and poultry is a sure-fire way to reduce climate change.

ICCAW president defends China’s stance on pig welfare

Growing consideration of animal welfare in China has caused a “mini industrial revolution”, the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) president Xi Chunling has said.

Meat firm to cut energy usage

Scandinavia’s largest meat producer, HKScan, has announced plans to slash its energy usage by 10%, according to a company report.