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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.

Beef farmers contest 'vague' water management law

Cattlemen are hotly contesting a rule that will give the US Environmental Protection Agency authority over all waterways in the US is set to come into effect on August 28.

Poland, Baltics seek more cash for swine fever battle

The Baltic States and Poland are seeking more cash from the European Commission (EC) to help fight African swine fever (ASF), according to Kaspars Funts, a representative of Latvia’s Ministry of Agriculture....

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Iowa lifts bird flu quarantine areas

Traffic in Iowa around farms affected by bird flu can once again move freely, after the state agriculture secretary lifted all remaining movement bans in the quarantine areas set up...

Nyanga slaughter site in the works

The sight of meat traders slaughtering animals in the street may soon come to an end in the Cape Town district of Nyanga, South Africa, after city officials and the...

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New Australian abattoir on the search for cattle

The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is searching for available cattle to be processed at its new abattoir near Darwin.

Argentine beef tops China’s export sources, but for how long?

China’s increasing appetite for beef products has left the country as a top export destination for Argentine beef. Argentina’s ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries has reported that China received...

African Swine Fever puts Russian region at risk

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg may abandon its major pig project in Kursk Oblast. 

Indonesia to extend cattle import permits following price rises

Indonesia will issue permits to allow the import of a further 50,000 cattle after beef prices rose sharply, prompting protests by butchers. 

Australian cattle export facility could launch before next year

Plans for a new live cattle export facility in central Queensland could be up running by the end of the year, it has been reported.

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Two major Australian cattle deals clinched

The Minderoo Group, the Western Australian cattle station owner, has purchased two Gascoyne stations, Brickhouse and Milinya, near Carnarvon for an undisclosed price. 

Australian farm income for beef cattle revealed

The cash income of Australian beef cattle producing farms has increased strongly in 2014‒15, driven by increased cattle prices and the highest beef cattle turn-off in 36 years, an industry...

Farmers claim Canada drought will not hit beef prices

The drought in Alberta, Canada, will not have any “immediate impact” on cattle prices, the CEO of the Alberta Beef Producers Rich Smith has told Global Meat News.  

Drought hits animal feed in Moldova

Severe drought in Moldova already led to the acute shortage of feed grain, and the situation may significantly worsen within the coming months, the country’s officials and market participants indicate. ...

Taiwan’s bird flu battle shows signs of success

Taiwan veterinary authorities, which have battled H5N8 and H5N2 bird flu outbreaks, are now successfully testing for any remnant of the disease by posting sentinel chickens on disinfected farms for...

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Foot and mouth disease outbreaks in Botswana

There have been two reports of foot and mouth disease (FMD) recorded in cattle in Botswana.

Disease risk study delivers results

A way to determine disease risk by estimating the movement of US beef cattle has been developed by Kansas State University.

World’s largest cattle range goes on sale in Australia

The largest private landholding in Australia will change ownership over the next few months, including the world’s largest working cattle ranch in the world, Anna Creek Station, in South Australia. ...

OIE fears African Swine Fever will spread to Europe

The director general of the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) is “not confident” African Swine Fever (ASF) is being effectively controlled around the world, and has expressed concerns that...

MPC and Drovers Pastoral Company deal close to completion

Two Western Australian businessmen Robbie Forrest and Brett King are buying the Meat and Poultry Company (MPC) and Drovers Pastoral Company (Drovers) out of liquidation through their business Flown Pty...

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.