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Livestock are the building blocks of the meat industry, and with world production numbers declining overall, the issue is starting to take centre stage on a global level.

China plans cloning factory

China is set to produce an extra one million cows a year… and they will all be clones.

US poultry will handle new virus ‘better’

American poultry firms are now better equipped to deal with an outbreak of avian influenza (AI), thanks to improved biosecurity measures, risk management firm Moody says.

Syria civil war hits livestock hard

As Syria’s conflict continues, its livestock sector weakens. Now facing a fifth year of civil war, livestock levels are down on even on 2014’s paltry levels, with the sector facing...

ASF concern strikes Finland

Pig producers in Finland fear the spread of African swine fever (ASF) from Eastern Europe to the Scandinavian peninsula, according to a report by the European office of environmental protection...

Syria crisis hits Jordanian meat market

The demand for meat in Jordan has been weakened by the conflict in its troubled neighbour Syria, with the Jordanian economy slowing down due to regional instability, impacting consumer purchasing...

Calls for culls of boar and deer EU

A senior meat industry official has backed calls for the sustainable culling of wild boar and red deer in Europe, made at a meeting of the European Union (EU) Council...

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Hong Kong bans poultry from Vietnamese province

Hong Kong has banned the imports of poultry and products from Son La Province, Vietnam.

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.

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Australia investigates ‘anti-competitive’ beef claims

The Australian Government has launched an investigation into the red meat processing industry over the claims of anti-competitive behaviour. 

Cherkizovo announces huge pig breeding project

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo is to invest 5.6 billion rubles ($85m) in the construction of seven pig farms in Russia's Penza Oblast, designed to produce 58,000 tonnes (t) of pork a year.

EU ministers told to stop pig crisis

The pig market was described as “critical” today by EU farming bodies Copa and Cogeca, who warned EU agriculture ministers of the strain Russia’s export ban has had on the...

Future of EU sheep discussed

The future of the European sheep meat sector was discussed this week at the first meeting of the newly formed EU Sheep Meat Working Party.

New ASF outbreaks in Ukraine may pose a threat to Balkans

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been discovered in a farm in the Cherkasy Oblast in central Ukraine, following a large-scale inspection by the country’s veterinary body...

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New appointments to US lamb board

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced four appointments to the 2016 Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Board. 

Bord Bía’s new carbon target for Irish beef

Irish food board, Bord Bía, has set out a target to produce the most environmentally friendly beef in Europe.

FAO to begin new world agriculture census

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to embark on a new global series of agricultural censuses in 2016, which will gather information and statistics...

Gut bacteria study aims to improve poultry health

Providing beneficial strains of friendly gut bacteria at the time of hatching could improve poultry health and performance. 

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Drop in price for Brazilian beef

Brazilian beef prices have fallen 28% since April due to a decline in domestic demand, according to a new Mintec report.

Australia begins live cattle exports to China

China has begun importing live cattle from Australia, following a landmark deal signed back in July that opened the doors to China’s beef market for Australian producers. 

Pork antibiotics battle rages on

The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have placed a full page advert in The Wall Street Journal in the form of an open letter to Subway...

EU and NZ trade agreement progresses

The European Union and New Zealand are set to progress negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA), in a move that holds particular significance for the red meat industry. 

Irish food body exhibits at Gulfood for first time

Irish food body Bord Bía participated in Dubai’s Gulfood Manufacturing last week for the first time, with a relaxation of restrictions on Irish beef and sheep meat exports to Oman...

Chinese pork imports on the rise

Pork imports into China have continued to increase throughout 2015, with volumes totalling 518,000 tonnes (t) for January to September, up 22% on the year before.

Lessons from AI outbreak offered up

A programme covering the lessons learned from the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in North America this year is being offered to the poultry industry with the hopes of preventing any...

Weak Australian dollar helps meat industry

The weak Australian dollar throughout 2015 has worked in the favour of its red meat industry, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has said, cementing its position as a net red...

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