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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.

African swine fever discovered in Estonia

The latest outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) to hit the Baltics has been discovered in Estonia.

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Australian beef production sees increase

Beef production increased by 1% in July, to 211,000 tonnes (t), according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Investment in Canadian livestock genetics announced

The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) is to benefit from CA$1.6m-worth of government funding.

Genus announces pig production agreement in China

Global animal genetics company Genus, has entered into a strategic partnership with River Stone Farm (Shandong) Co, in China, in an agreement which will see it become the Group’s first...

Belarus and Kazakhstan to benefit from Russian meat embargo

Belarus and Kazakhstan look set to increase their supplies of meat to Russia, as the recently implemented trade restrictions on imports have created a bigger demand and attractive prices, according...

New EU proposals on medicated feed for livestock welcomed

Pan-European agriculture association Copa-Cogeca has welcomed a new package of EU Commission proposals on veterinary medicine and medicated feed for livestock.

Russian agri-firm invests in export plans for China

RusAgro, one of Russia’s largest agricultural holdings, has announced an investment of RUB60 billion (US$1.61bn) in the development of pork production in the far east of the country, as well...

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Australia welcomes removal of red tape for access to EU

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) said it has welcomed the move from the European Union Cattle Accreditation System (EUCAS) to do away with the requirement for lime green tail...

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US’ third-largest poultry producer cuts use of antibiotics

Perdue Foods has announced it is has stopped using antibiotics in its chicken hatcheries – a process that has taken five years to fully implement.

Shake-up at Meat and Livestock Australia, as industry grumbles about funding

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will cut its budget by 10% of its operating costs and plans on revamping its research programme, amidst grumbles from the industry about its funding...

Jordan halts Romanian livestock imports

The Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture has decided to ban imports of cattle and sheep from the Romanian market, following reports by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on detected...

Meat industry in Lithuania suffers heavy losses over ASF and Russian sanctions

Meat producers in Lithuania have reported heavy losses due to the continuing spread of African swine fever (ASF) and the sanctions on meat supplies to Russia.

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Maple Leaf appoints leader in animal wellness

Canadian firm Maple Leaf Foods has appointed Dr Stephanie Cottee as leader, animal wellness.

Canadian broiler meat production to rise 2%

A 2% increase in broiler meat production is expected for Canada’s poultry industry in 2015, according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Vets and scientists to discuss animal disease at Edinburgh conference

A global gathering of vets and scientists are meeting to discuss the challenges of gathering health information on wild animals, at the European Wildlife Disease Association Conference this week (25-29...

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Syrian livestock sector feels the effects of conflict

The livestock sector in Syria has been seriously impacted by the country’s ongoing civil war, with poultry production down by over half compared to pre-conflict levels, cattle herds by 40%,...

Meat production “comes at considerable cost” to environment

The continued growth in meat production worldwide is putting pressure on water and land resources, and "comes at considerable cost" to the environment, according to Worldwatch Institute’s Michael Renner....

Alliance formed in Germany on animal welfare

The food industry in Germany has formed an alliance to tackle ongoing criticism about animal husbandry, with the meat industry, farmers and retailers all keen to see stricter animal welfare...

Saudi poultry production is on the up

The Saudi Arabian poultry sector has experienced major production growth in recent years, according to a recent report from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

UK meat industry accuses documentary of ‘scaremongering’

A UK documentary series has been criticised by the meat industry for scaremongering consumers into not eating meat.

Animal disease monitoring is critical for human health, says FAO

Health and agriculture ministers were told that monitoring animal disease plays a critical role in preventing human disease threats, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),...

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Canadian agriculture minister highlights cattle opportunities

Gerry Ritz, Canadian agriculture minister, spoke of the benefit of unfettered trade with the US, and increased market access and trade successes, when he addressed delegates at the Canadian Cattlemen’s...

Bill approved on the reduction of antibiotics

The Californian Assembly has approved a bill which serves to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock, but industry groups say it is unlikely to make a difference.

Armed conflict in Ukraine affects largest meat producers

Ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is harming meat businesses, as the largest agricultural holdings in the country have reported serious problems in the regions where fighting is taking place.

FDA releases its report on antimicrobial resistance

The US Food and Drug Administration this week launched its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report, which showed both increasing and decreasing trends.

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