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Identifying live mad cows

Scientist in the US claim to have developed a faster test for identifying mad cow disease which may even prove useful for the testing of livestock - a means which...

Good news from the East

Meat processors in Japan have reported increased slaughter figures. According to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Japanese beef plants processed over 107,000 cattle in July 2003.

QMS launches Scotch Lamb promotion

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is to launch a nationwide campaign to promote Scotch lamb. The £200,000 UK-wide promotion is designed to stimulate Scottish sheep production.

Russian poultry quota squeezing US exporters

The new Russian quota on US poultry imports is forcing US exporters to seek out new foreign markets.

Mixed results for processors

Cremonini continued to improve its sales in the first half of 2003, helped by the diversified nature of its business.

Northern Ireland beef boost

The UK's National Beef Association (NBA) has demanded that the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (MLC) act to reverse low cattle prices affecting farmers in the province.

Fischler calls for bridge building

EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has underlined the importance of the US and the EU working together to make the Doha Developing Agenda (DDA) a success.

MLC highlights importance of iron

The UK's Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) has issued a warning that women with low intakes of iron are putting their health at risk.

Pig PhDs

A comprehensive review of future pig research requirements is to be carried out by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) in conjunction with a number UK industry bodies.

Russia to recommence US poultry imports

Russian agriculture officials have presented the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a shortlist of US processing plants approved to export poultry products to Russia.

Talking pork

The first-ever World Pork Congress has been hailed a success. The event attracted 400 delegates from 24 countries and established the major challenges facing the global pig industry.

Ready meals: 21st century cuisine

Longer working hours, higher incomes and the demand for convenience and variety are among the key growth drivers for ready meals, according to a recent report from market analysts Euromonitor.

Russian meat quotas prove successful

Fears that more than half the Russian quotas on meat imports would stay unallotted have proved to be unfounded, according to consultancy firm Market Advice.

Livestock lifeline

The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) has agreed an £80,000 grant to help continue communications, marketing and livestock improvement work being done by Meat South West.

UK pig levy to be withdrawn

In the UK, a levy to help the pig industry in the wake of Classical Swine Fever is to be withdrawn.

Help at hand for UK sheep farmers

A programme to help English sheep farmers get the best prices for their animals has been unveiled by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).

Pork issue on the table

The issue of the European pig meat market was raised by France at the recently concluded Agriculture/Fisheries Council of May 2003. France inquired into the possibility of introducing export refunds.

USDA: April beef production down

Commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 3.85 billion pounds in April 2003, down one per cent from last year according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

FFB: UK 2002 exports fairly stable

The latest export figures from UK marketing agency Food from Britain (FFB) suggest that British meat exports have achieved a degree of stability following the recent BSE and FMD crises.

Farmers keen to highlight organic alternative

Organic farmers in the US have been quick to take advantage of the current Canadian BSE scare.

Ingredients firm to attend Eurocarne

Global ingredients giant Chr. Hansen is to attend Eurocarne, the 22nd International Exhibition of Meat and Meat Processing Industries. The event will be held in Verona, Italy, from 22 to 25 May 2003.

New pork pricing system in the UK

A new system for reporting deadweight pig prices is about to be launched in the UK which will bring benefits to the whole industry, according to the Meat and Livestock...

America beefs up

Americans, it seems, can't get enough of beef. Demand continues to increase, and a new beef consumption record was set during the first quarter of 2003 in Nebraska, according to...

Europe's sheep population declines

Europe's sheep population fell by four per cent last year, according to figures released from the EU's December sheep census. Within the major sheep-rearing countries however, the rate of decline...

Spaniards put faith in meat products

Meat consumption across Europe has taken a battering in the last few years. But a new report suggests that the Spanish are faithful consumers of meat.

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