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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.

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Animal Welfare Institute questions US cattle handling

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been sent a written appeal by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) requesting that it revises the association’s guidelines for the handling of cattle...

Pork disease impact lower than expected, says USMEF

The impact of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) on the US pork sector has not been as great as feared, US meat leaders have said.

Qatar and Honduras give green light to Canadian meat imports

Canadian beef and livestock producers are set to benefit from the opening of two new export markets, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and trade minister Ed Fast announced today.

WTO panel finds US COOL rule violates TBT Agreement

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) compliance panel has found that the US’ amended country of origin labelling (COOL) measures violate part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

Brazil looks to ramp up beef production as global demand hots up

Brazil is planning to "step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector", according to agricultural analyst Rabobank.

ADB to help south Asia slow spread of livestock diseases

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to work with the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to help south Asian nations slow the spread of livestock diseases.

WTO finds in favour of US in India trade dispute

The United States has won its World Trade Organisation (WTO) case against India, regarding the restriction of various agricultural exports, including poultry.

Bluetongue disease halts Romania’s live cattle, sheep exports to EU

The Romanian government has decided to halt exports of live cattle and sheep to the EU following the outbreak of bluetongue disease in a number of the country’s counties.

After-effects of PEDv and export bans see pork market cool

It will be a disappointing year for the EU pork industry, according to the latest quarterly report from Rabobank.

Russian pork production expected to grow in 2015

Production of pork in Russia is forecast to increase by close to 6.5% next year, to 2.83 million metric tonnes (mmt), according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

Senior Zimbabwe meat industry figures call for cost reductions to aid exports

The Zimbabwean government has been urged by a major domestic meat processor to take steps that will make local meat more price-competitive and attractive to external markets as it prepares...

Denmark sees reduction in ESBL bacteria in domestic poultry meat

The occurrence of resistant ESBL bacteria in Danish broiler meat has decreased from 36% in 2012, to 25% in 2013.

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Livestock traceability on the agenda for Canada

Canadian Agri Traceability Services is to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service, following a CA$7.5m investment from the government.

China approves veterinary bird flu vaccine

China has approved a newly developed inactivated vaccine for poultry against a strain of the H7N9 avian influenza - PR8.

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US invests in sheep industry

A $1.5 million grant has been awarded to the US’ National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, through the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program.

MEPS demand more action to stop spread of ASF

The European Commission’s response to Europe’s African swine fever (ASF) crisis was criticised at the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 7 October) for being too weak.

Germany’s Tönnies eyes €200m investment in Serbian pig farming project

German meat processor Tönnies is aiming to launch a €200m investment in setting up a pig farming project in Serbia in cooperation with local breeders.

Russia accuses Brazil of overpricing meat supplies

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is concerned at the sharp increase in prices on livestock production supplied from Brazil.

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UK pig prices drop 9% on previous year

A government census has revealed that UK farmgate pig prices are almost 10% lower than they were at this time last year.

Canada’s agriculture minister strengthens relations with India and China

Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has completed "successful" missions to China and India, where mutually beneficial relationships were strengthened and new partnerships were developed.

East Ukraine poultry industry in ruins

Ukrainian poultry companies located in the area where anti-terrorist operations (ATO) are taking place have been plundered and destroyed, according to Alexander Bakumenko, head of the board of directors at...

Conference calls for responsible use of livestock antibiotics

The 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam recently drew to a close, and the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has appealed to those engaged in...

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California farm offers reward over poultry deaths

A Californian farm is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help find the people who bludgeoned over 900 of their chickens to death with a golf club, according...

Pig welfare best practice highlighted at CiWF conference

Examples of pig welfare best practice in China were highlighted at a recent Compassion in World Farming Conference (CiWF) in London.

British veterinary body presents overseas animal welfare award

Dr Delia Grace has been recognised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for her work with animal welfare, animal health and food safety in the developing world.