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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.

African swine fever sparks emergency in Latvia

The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has declared an “emergency situation” in three regions of the country following outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Industry welcomes US decision to lift embargo on French beef

The United States authorities have lifted an embargo on French beef imports after 19 years, the French Agriculture Ministry has said, and European meat producers are delighted. 

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US meat industry welcomes UK exporters

Meat exporters from the United Kingdom arrived in the US last week to receive training on how to meet beef and lamb import requirements. 

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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Australia goat prices move from ‘strength-to-strength’

A relatively good balance between the Australian and US dollar during 2016 fended off a price pinch for goat meat exporters hit with trade decline.

Ireland's booming food exports defy Brexit fear

The value of Irish food and drink exports last year exceeded a staggering €11bn for the first time in the country’s history – and meat had a big part to...

Ukraine faces rising threat from poultry and pig diseases

Ukraine faces a rising threat from highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), as the disease spread to two new regions in the past week, while African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue...

US livestock sector raises policy demands for Trump

American beef and sheep associations issue policy demands they want President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to address within the first 100 days of office.

Smithfield ‘proud’ as sows move to group housing

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has increased the number of pregnant sows living in group housing year-on-year as part of a long-term commitment to improving animal welfare.

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Indian pork industry benefits from UK pig semen

The Indian and British livestock sectors have strengthened relations after pig semen from UK animals was shipped to India for the first time.

Jamaican police warn of rising livestock theft

With meat sales buoyed by Christmas, the Jamaican Constabulary Force has warned the country has been hit with “a large spike” in livestock theft.

Japanese drones lift off to track livestock

A drone designed to make life easier for livestock farmers has been launched in Japan, with developers eyeing global sales in the future. 

Australia welcomes major Vietnamese beef investment

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed the first large-scale Vietnamese agricultural investment in the country – the purchase of an AU$18 million ($13.6m) cattle station by An Vien Pastoral...

Morocco targets expansion in poultry sector

The Morocco poultry sector is expanding steadily, and is eyeing export markets in neighbouring African countries for new sales. 

Ukraine facing revenue loss after EU poultry ban

Ukraine’s poultry industry is set to lose up to UAH150 million ($5.7m) per month due to the EU ban on poultry imports, according to the Ukraine Agribusiness Club (UAB).

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption to tackle the crisis.

Russia: swine fever losses top one billion rubles

Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the loss of pigs to African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2016, jumping 12.6 times compared to 2015 to RUB1.2 billion (US$18m), according to...

China’s chicken supply chain in danger

China’s supply chain faces a challenge with historically low breeding stock supplies compounded by outbreaks of bird flu in markets China depends on for a regular flow of grandparent birds. ...

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

Australian livestock farmers advised to unite to develop exports

The key to growing Australia's export market is greater collaboration among farmers in its agri-sector, according to a report by leading researchers.

Low incident rate of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies across Europe

Incidents of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) were found to be rare in 2015, according to a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report.

New Zealand export lambs due to drop

The number of lambs bred for export from New Zealand is expected to drop 2.7% in 2016-17.

Australia’s Pork CRC reflects on welfare ‘achievement’

Close to 80% of Australian pig producers have significantly increased the space afforded to sows this year and government-backed Pork CRC has praised the achievement. 

MLA’s plan to use $150m from levy payers under fire

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) plan to use AU$150m from its members to install X-ray carcase grading technology is facing pressure from the Australian Beef Association (ABA).