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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.

ECJ says EU animal transport welfare controls can apply for journeys outside the EU

The European Union’s (EU) animal welfare transport rules should apply even to live animals transported from the EU to a third country, according to a ruling from the European Court...

Mixed prospects for EU beef sector in 2015

Recent EU reports on prospects for the beef sector this year paint a mixed picture, with supplies expected to be up, but profitability a continuing problem.

Ukraine does U-turn on state support of livestock industry

The Ukraine government has reinstated state support for the livestock industry, which was cancelled in 2014 amid an acute shortage of money in the state budget.

Australian body reports positive outlook for sheep industry

The sheep industry in Australia is set to continue to enjoy favourable market conditions, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has forecast.

Scottish beef industry given positive message on US market potential

A decline in United States beef production offers a huge opportunity for importers, an international meat market expert has told members of the Scottish beef sector.

Favourable views on insects as animal feed

It seems the idea of using insects in animal feed is generally looked upon favourably by consumers and industry, according to research by Ghent University in Belgium.

Global beef export forecast revised upwards

World beef export predictions for 2015, made last October by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have been revised to nearly 3% higher to a record 10.2 million tons (mt).

Russia continues to tighten GMO legislation

Russia has seen a number of further restrictions on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), as the State Duma has started to consider a new bill, which could add...

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Bird flu outbreak confirmed on US poultry farm

A potentially lethal strain of avian influenza has been found on a commercial poultry farm in the US.

Weather looks set to hit Aussie cattle prices

A three-month period of rainfall has the potential to give Australian cattle prices “a strong kick”, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest quarterly update.

Mexico and Peru remove barriers to trade for US

US beef and pork producers have gained greater access to the markets in Mexico and Peru, after new agreements were reached, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Scottish beef market under pressure

Scottish beef producers are suffering severe pressure on price and experiencing marketing delays during the crucial spring months, according to the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS).

Stress can lead to disease in pigs, finds UK study

Scientists in the UK have found stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from Porcine Circo Associated Diseases (PCVAD).

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Vietnam grants full access for US beef

Vietnam has removed all cattle age restrictions on imported beef from the US.

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New avian influenza outbreaks confirmed in US

Further cases of avian influenza have been reported in the US, as the disease increases its spread.

Biotech firm claims new solution will cut antibiotic usage in chicken

An American biotech company claims to have developed a solution to help meet industry demand for antibiotic-free chicken.

Fight with ASF intensifies in Russia and Eastern Europe

Several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been identified recently in Russia, Poland and Lithuania, which suggests that the potential impact of the disease this year remains very unclear,...

US pork board shows support for reducing antibiotic resistance

The Iowa-based National Pork Board (NPB) has said it "applauds" the White House’s action plan for tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

South Korea continues to battle livestock disease

South Korea is continuing to fight outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which despite a cull of millions and a vaccination programme have not yet...

French implement measures to shore up pig industry

Emergency measures designed to resuscitate the crisis-hit French pig industry have been announced by the French minister of agriculture, food and forestry.

CIWF seeks tougher animal transport rules

Animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has told GlobalMeatNews that European Union (EU) livestock transport rules are being broken within the EU and also when animals are exported...

Campaign launched to wipe out sheep and goat plague

A 15-year campaign to eradicate sheep and goat plague has been launched at a conference in the Côte d’Ivoire, in Africa, this week.

Campaign launched to wipe out sheep and goat plague

A 15-year campaign to eradicate sheep and goat plague has been launched at a conference in the Côte d’Ivoire, in Africa, this week.

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Cherkizovo to take on pork complex

Russian meat manufacturer and processor Cherkizovo Group has acquired a pork complex in the Lipetsk Region of the country for RUB250 million.

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Australian drought leads to high beef slaughterings

Drought conditions in Australia have resulted in high slaughterings and exports, offsetting tight global supplies, according to Rabobank’s Beef Quarterly report.