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Livestock

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.

China probes Jiangxi-reared pigs after Hong Kong steroid detection

Investigations into the health of pigs exported from Jiangxi are underway after Chinese authorities blocked trade following a warning from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). 

Q fever outbreak puts Australia on alert

An outbreak of Q fever at a meat-processing plant in Melbourne, Australia has put regional health officials on high alert.

Australia boosts livestock disease monitoring systems

Australian government and meat industry agencies are boosting their efforts to increase biosecurity for the country’s critically important livestock sector.

Australian beef council hails ‘important’ report

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) CEO Jed Matz has welcomed a report from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, which assessed the dangers of tighter competition laws. 

Fodder trends: drop in Australian cattle in feedlots

The number of slaughter cows across Australia on feed has fallen year-on-year, according to a feedlot survey by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

US beef growing in Japan

US beef exporters continue to gain market share as they battle with Australia for dominance in Japan, despite the favourable tariffs enjoyed by Australia’s producers, according to trade data.

Animal welfare is under the spotlight in Australia

Australian meat companies could lose out in Asian markets if they focus too much on animal welfare, Dawson Bradford, president of the West Australian Pork Producers’ Association (WAPPA) has warned. ...

Russia: massive virus outbreak shakes pig industry

Russia has been rocked by several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the first two weeks of August, the country’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has claimed.

Chinese boom and Mexican gloom for US pork

Exports of American pork enjoyed solid growth in the last 12 months, but business with Mexico, a key US pig meat market, continued to wane.

Wholesaler Joyce Farms expands meat plant

US meat wholesaler Joyce Farms has announced plans to build another warehouse and chicken hatchery as demand rises for its premium food.

Miratorg pumps cash into cattle breeding

Russian agribusiness Miratorg plans to loosen the purse strings by investing $10m in a cattle breeding programme to grow its Angus cow herd.

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

Bad year for French lamb imports

French imports of lamb have fallen dramatically over the past six months and consumption has also declined, but production has hit record levels.

Simon Westaway named CEO of Australian Livestock Exporters Council

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) has appointed Simon Westaway – a political communications expert – as its new CEO.

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Progress made on tackling livestock disease

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have made further progress on their global programme to eradicate the viral disease Peste des Petits...

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association: Price volatility may hamper exports

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has warned that price volatility could scupper lucrative free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Avian influenza control zone set up in Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment to minimise spread of the disease.

Baltic states call for help on Russian food crisis

A string of European countries have called for targeted measures to alleviate the impact of Russia’s import ban on EU agricultural exports, including meat.

PKM Duda to acquire Polish pig breeding company

Polish meat processor PKM Duda S.A. plans to acquire local pig breeder PPH Ferma-Pol sp. z o.o. from the Ministry of State Treasury.

Southern Russia recovering from AFS epidemic

The pig count in Krasnodar Krai, south Russia, has risen by nearly a fifth after officials tackled an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), the state’s regional statistical service reports....

Mongolia reports highest-ever livestock count

Livestock numbers in Mongolia reached a record level this year despite harsh climate conditions wiping out more than one million farm animals.

Mexico lifts ban on Canadian beef

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has lifted the last import restrictions on Canadian beef following a meeting with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Extreme volatility hurts US beef industry

Week-to-week volatility in the US beef sector has caused more difficulty for the industry than sharp price declines, Rabobank has claimed. 

Farm body calls for emergency aid

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has called on EU farm ministers to make more cash available to embattled livestock traders struggling to make ends meet. 

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