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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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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

17-Apr-2014 - The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation crates, animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI) Canada has claimed.

US research project investigates Blackhead disease

16-Apr-2014 - A study on Blackhead disease in poultry has pointed to the spreading of litter from pullet houses with affected birds as a potential risk factor.

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Japan sees reoccurrence of HPAI in poultry

15-Apr-2014 - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) has been discovered in the Kumamoto region of Japan.

Kazakhstan to build large goose factory

15-Apr-2014 - The Atyrau region of Kazakhstan has embarked on the construction of a large poultry farm, which will produce goose meat.

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Classical swine fever found in Russian wild boar

15-Apr-2014 - An outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) has been discovered in multiple locations in Russia.

EU beef situation difficult, new figures reveal

14-Apr-2014 - EU beef prices have seen a sharp drop, with production costs rising, according to new figures discussed by European farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca last week.

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Risk of ASF has increased to high, says EFSA

14-Apr-2014 - The endemic risk of African swine fever (ASF) in a number of countries surrounding the EU has increased from moderate to high, over the past four years, according to a new report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Rapeseed is a sustainable feed solution, finds EU study

10-Apr-2014 - A European Union (EU) research project has touted rapeseed cake as an effective feed for reducing livestock methane emissions, while also providing biofuel. The study also suggests the use of rapeseed cake improves digestion in ruminants.

EU challenges Russian pork import ban at the WTO

09-Apr-2014 - The European Union (EU) has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Russia’s import ban on pigs and pigmeat sourced from across the EU, following four cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) detected in Lithuania and Poland.

Pig virus forces up US pork prices

08-Apr-2014 - The deadly hog virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), is forcing the price of pork up and could boost imports into Japan, despite the Japanese recently imposing temporary restrictions on US imports.

Russia extends pork ban for Poland and Lithuania

08-Apr-2014 - As of yesterday (Monday 7 April) Russia has effectively extended its African Swine Fever (ASF)-justified ban to include processed pork meat products from Poland and Lithuania, two Polish members of the European Parliament (MEP) have revealed.

China to build new beef plant, despite cattle scarcity

08-Apr-2014 - Chinese meat processing capacity continues to expand apace with the latest announcement of a new 50,000-head beef lot and slaughtering plant in the mid-sized city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

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Rabies outbreak discovered in Uruguayan cattle

07-Apr-2014 - A new outbreak of rabies has been discovered on a farm in Uruguay, with 24 cattle and one sheep having died so far.

World poultry industry faces turbulence

04-Apr-2014 - The global poultry market is experiencing turbulence due to a number of issues ranging from escalating feed prices and avian influenza (AI) outbreaks, according to experts from Rabobank.

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Ghana looks to revitalise its broiler industry

04-Apr-2014 - Key figureheads in the Ghanaian broiler industry met recently to discuss how to implement a Broiler Revitalisation Project, in order to boost local production, processing and marketing of locally produced chicken broilers.

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US study examines routes of transmission for salmonella and campylobacter

04-Apr-2014 - A US study assessing the potential routes of transmission for campylobacter and salmonella in breeder and market turkeys has found that poultry house pests (flies, beetles and rodents) could be potential vectors of both organisms.

Russia extends pork ban to finished products

03-Apr-2014 - Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced that, from 7 April 2014, the country is to impose temporary restrictions on the import of finished pork products from Lithuania and Poland.

China simplifies live pig slaughter supervision authorities

03-Apr-2014 - China is seeking to consolidate oversight of its pig market, transferring powers from the Ministry of Commerce to the Agriculture Ministry.

Nicaragua raises foot-and-mouth alarm over US lifting Brazil beef import ban

02-Apr-2014 - The Nicaraguan government has raised fears that the planned reopening of the US market to Brazilian beef could risk spreading foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to north and central America.

Romania to export sheepmeat to China

31-Mar-2014 - Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea has announced plans by China to launch imports of sheep meat from Romania following last year’s signing of two agreements to export Romanian pork and cattle to the Chinese market.

Netherlands sees another bird flu outbreak

31-Mar-2014 - Veterinary services in the Netherlands are investigating a fresh outbreak of the H5N2 strain of avian flu, affecting poultry this month.

North American hog shortfall expected following PEDv, says Rabobank

28-Mar-2014 - A significant shortfall in the North American hog market is predicted, following the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) on the population, according to a new report from Rabobank.

US beef cattle herd decline could have bottomed out says USDA expert

27-Mar-2014 - Beef production in the USA could be lower this year than in 2013, even though there are indications that the long decline in the national cattle herd may be at an end, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

Polish pigmeat producers receive EU aid following ASF-linked price falls

26-Mar-2014 - Polish pigmeat producers operating in zones subject to movement controls because of the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in local wild boars will be guaranteed payments of €35.70 per 100kg for pigs slaughtered, starting 26 February, the European Commission has announced.

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Heavy rain pushes up price of Argentine beef

25-Mar-2014 - The price of beef in Argentina has increased 20% since the start of 2014 thanks to heavy rainfall, according to latest market report by UK commodities analyst Mintec.

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