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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.

Live exports from Australia to Vietnam skyrocket, but supply chain doubts remain

A boom in Australian live cattle exports to Vietnam looks set to continue this year, thanks to favourable currency conditions, the depletion of the Vietnamese herd by exports to neighbouring...

Bangladesh poultry producers aim to create major export sales

Industry leaders, researchers and scientists wound up a three-day international poultry show and seminar in Dhaka on Saturday (21 February), vowing to improve food safety to help create a substantial...

MEPs reject the sale of cloned animal products in the EU

Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) committees on agriculture and environment and food safety have demonstrated their continued strong opposition to the use of cloning for farm animals or for...

Banks impeding growth in Danish organic meat sector

Tighter lending positions being taken by banks in Denmark towards the country’s agri-industry is restricting herd and production-related investments by the country’s organic meat sector.

EFSA delivers inconclusive scientific opinion on stunning

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been unable to undertake a full assessment of the animal welfare implications of stunning small ruminants, due to unsatisfactory case studies.

Norwegian company to launch pig farm in Russia

Norwegian-based company Russian Baltic Pork Invest (RBPI) will open a large pig farm in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, with a major investment in biosecurity at the new facility, according to...

Piglet deaths prompt Sweden to trial new pig gestation methods

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilised during...

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BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

Meat companies benchmarked in global animal welfare table

The likes of Cranswick, Tyson Foods and Vion feature relatively high up the rankings in the annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report.

Danish pig slaughtering declines in 2014

Denmark slaughtered around 250,000 fewer pigs in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new data from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC/Landbrug & Fødevarer) based on figures supplied by...

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Pig prices fall in China

Increased supply and government initiatives to stabilise the pork market in China have seen pig prices fall 7% in a year.

Livestock associated MRSA detected in GB piglets

The discovery of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in piglets in eastern England has been attributed to the bacteria being a “successful” species, rather than through overuse of antimicrobials.

JBS to invest in Utah site

A $75m investment programme has been announced by JBS USA for its Hyrum beef processing facility in Utah. 

FMD reactions tested with simulated exercises

Simulation exercises have recently been carried out in the Balkans, to see how countries would cope with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Chile makes first export of live heifers to China

Chile has exported more than 7,000 heifers to China in its first major export of live cattle, which has just arrived at its destination, and the government hopes this might...

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Speakers announced for HSA symposium

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has revealed the programme of speakers for its International Symposium 2015.

Strong prices predicted for US beef in 2015

Delegates at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention were comforted by predictions from CattleFax that prices for US beef will remain strong during 2015.

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South African producers to benefit from producing higher-welfare meat

Small South African farming operations engaged in crate-free pork production are to receive support from major retailer Pick ’n Pay and the Humane Society International (HSI).

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UK sees further bird flu outbreak

A low pathogenic form of avian influenza has been discovered in chickens at a farm in Hampshire, UK.

Preventative drug removal in pork sector increases carbon footprint, argues expert

The removal of anti-microbial preventative drug use in US pork production leads to a significant increase in carbon footprint, a leading expert has claimed.

Cargill achieves early goal for group housing

Group housing for sows can now be found at all of Cargill’s company-owned farms, after the firm hit its conversion goal 11 months early.

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Food industry needs better consumer communication, says expert

Words "have consequences" and the food industry needs to improve its communication with consumers to increase understanding of modern production, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told....

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Norwegian BSE case confirmed

Reports regarding a possible Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case in a 15-year cow in Norway have been confirmed positive, with a report submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health...

Questions raised over US antibiotic investment

The Obama Administration’s proposed $1.2bn investment in combating antibiotic resistant bacteria has come under fire from the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) for failing to adequately address antibiotic misuse in...

Learn lessons from PEDv, urges US expert

The US pork industry cannot afford to relive the pork epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) again, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told.