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Australian beef production up 2.2% in 2012

Beef and veal production is expected to increase by 2.2% in 2012, reaching 2.197m tonnes cwt, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced.

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Interview with OIE director Bernard Vallat

Bernard Vallat was elected director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2000. He talks to GlobalMeatNews about antibiotics, livestock transportation and animal diseases.

Plans afoot to revamp US poultry inspection

Poultry processors have welcomed a US Department for Agriculture (USDA) proposal to overhaul poultry slaughter inspection in the US.

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OIE likely to ban growth-promoting antibiotics

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is likely to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics on livestock in the next few years, OIE director Bernard Vallat has said.

Brazil and Scotland team up to tackle food security challenge

Agricultural scientists in Scotland and Brazil have signed a formal agreement for research teams from the two countries to work together on joint projects.

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

The European Union (EU) is launching a new strategy for animal welfare, as it says the current uniform approach has caused varying levels of compliance across member states that has...

Asian FMD boosts US pork exports

The US was the world’s biggest pork exporter in 2011, shipping 2.24m tonnes, mostly to Asia, Canada and Mexico, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed. November was a...

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

French beef and veal production is expected to go down by 5% in 2012, following two years of increase, the Institut de l’Elevage (livestock institute) has revealed.

Meat inspection cutbacks cause outcry in Canada

Canada’s Agriculture Union has called on the food industry to oppose plans by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to scale back on meat inspections.

Brazilian pork suppliers open door to US

Brazil has welcomed a decision by US officials to accept pork imports from Santa Catarina slaughterhouses.

Slowdown for world meat prices

Global meat prices started to slow down at the end of last year, reflecting sharp declines in overall food prices, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Food exports help Ireland’s economy

Agri-food’s role in getting Ireland out of its economic crisis received a boost, as food exports grew at three times the rate of total merchandise exports in the first nine...

Poor meat performance contributes to Cargill profit plunge

US processing giant Cargill has announced a huge drop in profit driven in part by poor performance from its meat businesses.

Australia faces uncertainty over Indonesia exports

Australian cattle farmers continue to face uncertainty over the future of the valuable export market to Indonesia.

Poultry markets reopen in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s poultry markets have today resumed trading after officials gave the all-clear from avian flu.

Urgent action needed to improve welfare in EU-Turkey livestock exports

Animal welfare organisations have asked the European Commission to suspend livestock trade between the EU and Turkey until transport conditions are improved.

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Australian beef and lamb exports up 3%

Australian beef and lamb exports jumped 3% in 2011 to 949,195 and 160,007 tonnes swt respectively.

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Meat-eating drops in US

US meat and poultry consumption has fallen dramatically over the past five years, according to the Daily Livestock Report.

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Venezuelan processor completes infrastructure investment

A leading Venezuelan processing plant has completed a major new infrastructure investment in partnership with the Adfood Group.

Supply discipline key to EU meat industry’s success

EU meat companies need to control supply growth in order to improve margins in a fragile economic environment, a Rabobank report has revealed.

World agricultural power in the balance

Power in the world’s meat market is expected to stay concentrated in Europe and North America despite growing pressure from emerging economies, a new report shows.

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US beef industry outlook

USDA chief economist Dr Joseph Glauber comments on the recent developments in the American beef industry and gives an oulook on the export market.

Positive outlook for US beef exports

American beef exports have reached pre-Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) levels for the first time since the disease was discovered in the country. Trade has been helped by exchange rates, and...

Australia proposes pig slaughter levy increase

Australia’s pork body has submitted a proposal to government seeking permission to increase the pig slaughter levy for the first time in 18 years.

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

The US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has announced plans to ban the use of certain antibiotics used to treat cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys.