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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.

US poultry farmers advised to step up biosecurity

Farmers in the US are being urged to redouble their efforts with basic biosecurity measures to try and stop the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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Avian flu found in Germany

A case of the bird flu strain H7N7 has been found on a poultry farm in Emsland in north Germany.

Thai firm in major Russian poultry acquisition

Thailand-based company Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is to invest US$680 million in the purchase of two major poultry farms in the Leningrad Oblast of Russia, according to an official company...

French meat and livestock producers still protesting, despite rescue package

Angry meat and dairy producers in France continue to protest over their financial plight, despite the approval of a new initiative supporting them last week (July 22).

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US/Peru live cattle deal signed

The US has confirmed a deal to export live cattle to Peru.

US executives seek to strengthen beef industry

A five-year strategy to strengthen the US beef industry has been reinforced this week with a meeting of 16 industry leaders from the Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force. 

MEPs slam EC’s GMO proposal

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by European...

Australia signs pioneering cattle deal with China

Australia has signed a deal to be the first country to export live cattle for slaughter to China. 

Russian bank pumps millions into pig farm project

A US$336m pig farm project has begun in Russia, thanks to Russian bank Sberbank CIB’s approval of a major loan for the initiative.

Irish minister calls for compensation over cattle rustling

Compensation for Irish cattle rustling victims has been called for by Irish MEP for the Midlands North West and member of the European Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Matt Carthy.

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Hungary sees rise in cattle herd

Cattle stocks have continued to increase in Hungary, according to statistics published by Hungary’s Central Statistical Office. 

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Brazil sees higher cattle prices

Brazilian cattle market prices have risen, driven by a low supply of animals for slaughter, according to analysis from CEPEA, the research centre of the University of São Paulo. ...

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Bird flu crisis leads to new export rules

More than 30 countries have updated their export requirements for the US since June in reaction to the poultry avian influenza (AI) crisis. 

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EFSA urges combined approach on African swine fever

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended a combination of different management measures to contain the spread of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boar populations in Eastern Europe.

Pig farm restrictions slash pork production in southern China

Restrictions on pig farming mean one of China’s leading regions is facing a crunch in pork supply that could significantly push prices, researchers have warned. 

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US to celebrate farmers’ markets

National Farmers’ Market Week in the USA will this year be held between 2 and 8 August, agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced. 

European Commission refutes animal welfare critics

The European Commission (EC) has defended itself against accusations that it has been turning a ‘blind eye’ to bad animal transport standards in member states. 

Tyson Foods responds to animal abuse claims

A supplier of chickens to Tyson Foods has been accused of animal abuse, after an undercover investigation by campaign group, Mercy for Animals (MFA).

Substantial pig and pork processing project planned for China

Thai food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) has teamed with a Singaporean partner for a RMB4 billion pig farming and pork processing project in northern China as part of an ambitious...

Prospects look positive for meat production, according to OECD-FAO report

Growth in livestock production and low feed grain prices look to be on the cards for the meat industry over the next decade, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook...

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New chairman elected for EU sheepmeat group

The National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU UK) Charles Sercombe has been elected as chairman of Copa and Cogeca’s Sheepmeat Working Party.

New outbreaks of ASF identified in Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe countries has accelerated in recent weeks, with a number of new outbreaks reported in Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

FAO report highlights growing threats to livestock industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called for "urgent concerted policy responses" to deal with the growing threat of climate change to global food security....

Bovine growth could slow for India

While it will continue to be a major player on the global bovine market, the pace of growth in India could well be much lower than that experienced over the...

Sustainable beef scheme at McDonald’s Canada sees positive start

Nearly 100 ranchers in Canada have registered to take part in a McDonald’s pilot scheme aimed at ensuring sustainability in the beef sector.