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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.

Investment interest dips in Polish pig farming

African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in north-east Poland are dissuading investment in pig production, a recent report from BGZ BNP Paribank suggests.

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US fund launched for livestock projects

A fund of nearly $3 million (€2.65m) is being made available in grants to help address critical issues affecting agriculturally important plants and animals.

Global drive launched to monitor antimicrobials' use

A global database tracking antimicrobials' use for farm animals is being developed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to ensure the long-term efficacy of infectious disease treatments for...

Danish pig farmers face difficult times

Danish pig farmers are bracing for tough times, with an average farmer set to lose 300,000 Danish Krone (DKK) (US$44,826) income in 2015, on top of higher debt compared with previous years.

Progress on Australian pork projects

Australian projects to improve pig nutrition, enhance weaner performance and increase reproduction and enrich the lives of group housed sows are at various stages of development and commercialisation. 

US poultry body seeks alternative killing methods

The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative is requesting proposals on alternative humane ways of killing recently hatched chicks and poults that cannot be used commercially. 

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US and China come together on food issues

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has co-hosted the fourth annual Swine Industry Symposium in Beijing, China. 

New Zealand lamb exports down 3%

New Zealand lamb exports declined 3% this season, new figures from Statistics New Zealand have shown. 

Mongolia sets out hopes for large-scale beef exports

This winter Mongolia hopes to send 10.4 million head of cattle to slaughter, including 5.6m for export purposes, which would bring the country’s export volumes to 126,300 tonnes (t). According...

Copa and Cogeca issues target warning to MEPs

Copa and Cogeca has called for “realistic and achievable targets” to be included in the Review of EU Air Quality Policy at a meeting of MEPs on Tuesday 29 September,...

Major reductions in pig population forecast for Latvia and Estonia

Latvia and Estonia could almost halve the volume of pork they produce in the next few years, as both countries find themselves unable to halt the spread of African swine...

Iceland concerned over impact of EU deals

Icelandic farmers are worried that two key trade agreements with the European Union (EU) will result in an influx of imported processed meat products - offsetting potential gains in increasing...

Flooding costs farmers NZ$70m

Flooding on New Zealand’s north island in June cost the farming industry NZ$70 million, a report published by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has estimated. 

Argentinian broiler production on the rise

Broiler production in Argentina is expected to reach a record 2.1 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, fuelled by growth in exports, according to a new US Department of Agriculture...

New pig vaccine developed by Ceva Sante Animale

A new vaccine targeting the pig respiratory condition porcine pneumonia has been launched by global animal health company, Ceva Sante Animale. 

Turkey’s poultry exports drop in 2015

Turkey’s poultry exports have decreased by 50% so far in 2015 following speculation over potential bird flu cases and escalating terror attacks in its export markets, according to senior industry...

Beef + Lamb NZ chief executive to step down

Dr Scott Champion is due to step down from his position as chief executive and to leave Beef + Lamb New Zealand at the end of March 2016, following 10...

Iran may restore beef imports after last year’s drop

Iran saw a threefold drop in beef imports, due to a rise in domestic production, according to a recent report from the country’s government. 

Livestock virus returns to menace Europe

Bluetongue disease has been reported in France, Romania and Hungary in the first outbreaks in the EU since 2011 and in France since 2010.

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Faisal Feeds commissions new hatchery

Pakistan-based Faisal Feeds, an independent feed and broiler farm operation, has commissioned a new hatchery equipped with six new setters and hatchers from SmartPro, a range of products supplied by...

Tyson Foods accused of abuse at Texas plant

Tyson Foods has been accused of using “cruel and illegal” practices at a chicken abattoir in Texas by an animal rights group that filmed undercover at the plant in Carthage.

New Zealand levy to continue following referendum

Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the country’s industry levy board, has received overwhelming support to continue operations following a referendum. 

Antimicrobial guidance published by European Commission

Guidance on curbing the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in livestock rearing across the EU, including the injection of eggs by poultry producers, has been released by the European Commission...

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Suspected cattle rustlers killed by Nigerian army

Nigerian army officials say troops have killed 11 suspected cattle rustlers in a crackdown on theft of cattle in Katsina and other states.

Iranian investors launch largest slaughterhouse in Armenia

A group of Iranian investors has commissioned a major slaughterhouse near Masis city in the Ararat region of Armenia. 

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