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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.

ASF hits Polish pork exports to China

Without the elimination of African swine fever (ASF) in Poland, it is impossible to export pork to countries outside the European Union (EU), including China, according to a report by...

EU beef farmers call for European Commission help

European Union (EU) beef farmers have called for help in finding new markets to make up for the loss of exports to Russia in the wake of the crisis over...

Encouraging cattle weights seen in US

Cattle numbers in the US are on the up, but beef exports are continuing to be dragged down by a strong US dollar and high domestic beef prices, according to...

Concerns over spread of US bird flu

Reported cases of avian influenza in the US have now reached 156 in the past six months, making the current situation the most extensive outbreak of the disease ever reported...

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European animal welfare survey to launch this year

A Eurobarometer survey on animal welfare is to be launched by the European Commission in 2015, in the first survey of its kind since 2007.

Campaigners optimistic about organic welfare labelling progress at EU

Renewed calls for mandatory animal welfare food labelling have been made, following a debate on proposed European Union (EU) organic labelling rules at the EU Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

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Australia cattle association welcomes new budget

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has said it welcomes the positive measures for cattle producers announced as part of the new Federal Budget, this week.

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Ecuador latest to impose nationwide ban on US poultry

The Ecuadorian agricultural authority Agrocalidad has banned all imports of live foul, poultry meat and poultry products, as well as genetic material, including chicks and hatching eggs, from the US,...

Pig and poultry meat to push up global production

World meat production is expected to increase by 1.3% this year, to 318.7 million tonnes (mt) according to the new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...

Brazilian beef industry keen to reduce Amazon rainforest destruction

The rise in "zero deforestation agreements" in Brazil has notably influenced the behaviour of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to which they sell, according to new research by the University of...

Denmark sees growth in organic pork segment

The retail price of organic pork products is continuing to climb in Denmark through strengthening consumer demand, driven in part by controversies surrounding animal welfare on conventional Danish pig farms

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Bird flu investment pledged to British Columbia poultry producers

Combined funding of up to CA$1.58m is to be awarded to poultry producers in British Columbia, Canada.

Moldova sees meat production rise despite cuts in state support

Meat production in Moldova increased by 7%, to 35,000 tonnes (t), in the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent report from the National Bureau of Statistics.

$330m of emergency funds added to avian influenza support

The US government has approved the use of $330 million in emergency funds to help combat the growing avian influenza epidemic.

Avian influenza puts Thanksgiving at risk

There are concerns that the growing number of avian influenza could hamper Thanksgiving celebrations due to low stocks of turkeys in Minnesota.

Further job fears for the Australian lamb industry

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) has warned that there may be further cutbacks in the Australian lamb industry.

Nepal meat industry devastated by earthquake

Authorities in the earthquake-stricken Kathmandu have banned the sale of meat and the slaughtering of livestock, including poultry, across the Nepali capital, because of concerns about disease. Meat traders in...

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Four more avian influenza cases found in Iowa

In the US, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has identified four more probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms.

Polish veterinary experts consider news measures in ASF fight

New measures to help the Polish pork industry tackle an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), which first took hold over a year ago, are being considered by Poland’s National...

Cattle breed growth disorder cause identified

Scientists from Austria’s technical university of München (TUM) have identified the cause of a growth disorder that affects some cattle.

Record livestock exports for Somalia

A record five million head of livestock was exported by Somalia in 2014, new export data has revealed.

Calls for urgent improvements in pig welfare

Alternatives to piglet castration and tail docking were among the topics discussed at the first International Pig Welfare Conference, held in Copenhagen on 29 & 30 April.

Tyson Foods makes pledge on antibiotic elimination

US meat giant Tyson Foods has said it is actively working to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its US broiler chicken flocks, with the aim of reaching its...

Germany’s Tönnies to invest €420m in Serbian pig farms

Germany’s Tönnies GmbH & Co has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian government, under which the company will invest €420m to set up five new pig farms in...

Estonia likely to decrease pork production

Estonia’s pig industry is predicted to feel the effects of the country’s current problems in 2016-2017, as some farmers are expected to go bankrupt, while others will have to decrease...

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