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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.

New Zealand to improve animal welfare measures

New Zealand has unveiled plans to develop new animal welfare regulations. 

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Majority of Americans don’t support horse slaughter

A new poll has revealed that 80% of the American population opposes the slaughter and consumption of the nation’s horses. 

US BSE fears played down by industry

The US beef industry has moved quickly to allay fears over an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama.

Trump’s new NAFTA goals backed by beef body

Market access is Donald Trump’s top priority ahead of talks to renegotiate trade terms with Canada and Mexico, an objective praised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

Experts praise EU/Japan EPA

The European Union (EU) economic partnership agreement with Japan – its sixth most important trading partner – struck on 6 July at an EU-Japan Summit in Brussels, will benefit the...

Russian meat industry claims not to care about food embargo

Despite statements from Russian officials, the effect of the Russian food embargo, recently extended to the end of 2018, on the domestic market is expected to be very limited, as...

Electronic tags spark change in Australian sheep sector

A five-year plan to ensure sheep and goats in Victoria, Australia, can be identified with an electronic tag has started the first phase of its transition to a modern traceability...

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Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry meat

Saudi Arabia has banned the import of poultry meat and eggs from Belgium following an outbreak of avian influenza.

Russian pig sector braced for huge production boom

The Russian pigmeat industry is claiming its domestic production is booming and may reach 4.2 million (m) tonnes this year, up from 3.5m tonnes in 2016.

Charoen Pokphand to build pig farm in China

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) is building a pig breeding farm for 500,000 pigs in remote western China. 

South Africa hit with bird flu outbreak

South Africa has been hit with its first case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8 strain, which devastated Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

Australian cattlemen face up to new disease rules

Australian cattle producers have just seven days left before deregulation to managing Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) comes into full force.

Graphic content warning: Bali’s dog meat trade

An undercover investigation by Animals Australia has revealed in graphic detail the growing dog meat trade hitting unsuspecting tourists in holiday hotspot Bali.

Tyson Foods vice president elected chairman of US poultry council

Marc Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods has been elected chairman of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), succeeding former incumbent Steve Monroe. 

China takes big step toward improving pig welfare

Chinese agri-food producer Da Bei Nong will introduce group sow housing and lower stocking density in a scheme that could radically change animal welfare for half the world’s pig population....

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade...

Danish investment firm breaks ground in Chinese pig breeding project

A Danish government investment fund is one of four investors in a huge new pig breeding and processing project that has just broken ground in northern China. 

New EU animal welfare body should promote high standards, says EC

 Europe’s meat and livestock industry is to benefit from best-practice information regarding animal protection and wellness issues via a new European Union (EU) Platform on Animal Welfare. 

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Animal health firm gets Malaysian antibiotic approval

A subsidiary of London-based veterinary drug producer ECO Animal Health Group plans to become a “major force” after its poultry antibiotic was approved for sale in Malaysia.

Farmers probed as China finds banned drug in pork

Canadian pork processor Olymel LP is investigating hundreds of its pork suppliers after a shipment of pig feet to China tested positive for residues of the banned growth-enhancing drug ractopamine.

Wellard sells livestock vessel for AU$34m

Struggling Australian livestock trader Wellard Limited will sell one of its vessels for AU$34m.

China’s reopening of live bird markets questioned

Local government authorities in China may not be fully aware of the potential threat posed by bird flu, after human infections of H7N9 were detected this month.

Cattle sale restrictions introduced by Indian government

The Indian meat industry has warned that new rules prohibiting the sale of aged cattle from markets for slaughter may hinder the recent success of the sector.

Russia limits poultry trade as bird flu spreads

Russia’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has prohibited poultry exports from six regions, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been detected.