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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.

Australian beef producers encouraged to ‘go green’

Beef producers in Australia have been told that being environmentally friendly in their operations could help them save money, according to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

Wellard wins Indonesian permits for beef exports

Australian livestock exporter Wellard has secured permits from the Indonesian government to ship 250,000 live cattle to the archipelago state between May and August this year.

Iranian meat suppliers experience export problems to CIS

Despite hopes from Iranian meat exporters that they could increase supplies to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), deliveries to the region, including most of the post-Soviet Union area, are...

US beef arrives in South Africa

The first shipment of US beef has arrived in South Africa, after an “intense” and long-running trade dispute between both nations was resolved in January.

Insect larvae should be used in animal feed, says EU project

Insect larvae reared on manure should be used in animal feed as a “priority”, according to the European Commission.

US government offers funding for antimicrobial resistance research

The US Department of Agricultural (USDA) will make around $6m (£4.8m) available to fund research on combating the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Wellard adds ‘floating farm’ to growing export fleet

One of Australia’s largest livestock exporters, Wellard, has added a purpose-built ship that can carry 20,000 cows to its fleet of “floating farm livestock carriers”.

China’s pork imports booming

China’s pork imports more than doubled in March 2016 as environmental regulation slammed the brakes on domestic production for the country’s largest producers.

Cambodia’s first abattoir readying the starter’s gun

Cambodian meat distributor SLN Meat Supply Pty has told GlobalMeatNews it will start operating a major industrial slaughterhouse this summer.

Ireland seeks bilateral trade with Iran

Ireland’s food body Bord Bia and 17 business leaders have visited Iran on a trade mission for the first time since sanctions were lifted to discuss a bilateral trade deal...

China's cooling growth to drag pork production down

As China’s economy drops down to single-digit growth, the global production of pork is expected to decline in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Russia's pork imports rise amid low global prices

Despite strong government measures towards establishing an import substitution program, Russia imported 39,000 tonnes (t) of pork in the first quarter of 2016. 

Ukraine hits pork production problems

Ukraine's pork production costs have spiked by nearly 28%, from UAH15 (US$0.58) to UAH19 (US$0.73) per kilogramme over the past two years, while pork prices are under significant pressure, according to...

Outlook for EU pork trade resumption with Russia not ‘positive’

In an address to the European Parliament on Tuesday 12 April, European agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said the response from Russia to reignite pork trade dialogue had “not been very positive”.

Australia exports sheep to China in genetics breeding program

Australia has flown 1,400 specially-reared Suffolk sheep to China as part of a breeding program geared up to stimulate the genetic development of China’s growing livestock.

Veterinary drug rules must boost innovation, says IFAH-Europe

New EU legislation on veterinary medicines must increase innovation in the meat and livestock sector, Roxane Feller, secretary general of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH-Europe), told GlobalMeatNews. ...

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Bryansk Meat Company investment creates 400 jobs

Bryansk Meat Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s agribusiness holding Miratorg, has confirmed plans to pump billions into the growth of its beef livestock by building farms and creating jobs.

Mexico’s nascent organic meat sector could be lifted by EU deal

The EU and Mexico have launched talks to deepen their trading relationship by negotiating a bilateral trade agreement on organic products. Such a deal could give a much needed shot-in-the-arm...

Brexit would put Irish meat exporters under pressure

Meat experts have warned that a possible British exit from the European Union (EU) could pose a significant threat to the industry in Ireland, should a Brexit restrict trades across...

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European Food Safety Authority launches food risk grant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for grant proposals to develop new methods designed to explore emerging food risks, mycotoxin mixtures and animal diseases.

France extends bluetongue virus restriction zone

France has increased restriction zones across large swathes of territory as the country struggles to contain the midge-borne disease bluetongue, which has swept through its beef and sheep livestock.

MHP set to boost production and improve poultry welfare

Ukraine poultry processor MHP has set a number of ambitious goals for 2016, including an increase in production capacity at its Ukraine facilities.

BSE-infected cow dies in France

A cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has died in France, making it the third detected case of the fatal virus in Europe since 2015, according to the French government.

US cattle industry looks to the future with new board appointment

America’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has welcomed Kendal Frazier as its new chief executive officer. 

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Ukraine hit with African swine fever

A farm in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine has had to slaughter more than a dozen pigs after the African swine fever (ASF) disease was detected by health officials this...

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