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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.

National Chicken Council line speed petition comes under fire

The National Chicken Council’s (NCC) recent petition calling for the waiving of maximum line speeds in abattoirs has come under criticism from animal welfare groups. 

EC offers millions to help Poland's ASF-hit pig farmers

Poland’s pig farmers have secured €9.3m in funds from the European Commission (EC) to support producers who have been hit by African swine fever (ASF).

Pork exports from Spain fall in 2017

Exports of pig meat from Spain have seen a dip in the first half of the year. 

Danish Crown acquires UK pig producer Easey Holdings

Danish Crown has announced the acquisition of UK pig producer Easey Holdings Ltd, as part of “an investment in British farming”.

UK lamb exports experience 25% growth

Lamb exports from the UK saw a 25% rise for the first six months of 2017 with figures reaching £177.3 million, according to figures from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 

New broiler standards launched in the US

The United States National Chicken Council (NCC) has unveiled a set of industry-wide standards for broiler chicken welfare.

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Irish farmers and the meat industry hold crunch talks

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy and national livestock chairman Angus Woods met with the chairman and senior officials from Meat Industry Ireland (MII), to discuss factory price cuts. ...

Russia to cancel lower duties on beef from Brazil and Paraguay

Russia’s committee on customs and tariff regulation, headed by the Minister for Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, has decided to start applying full customs duties on beef imported from Brazil and...

Russian scientists develop new drug against anthrax

Russian scientists have developed a diagnostic drug that may prevent anthrax outbreaks in livestock by identifying which animals need to be re-vaccinated against the disease. 

Tyson Foods opens new incubation facility

US processor Tyson Foods has officially opened its new Incubation Technology Center in Arkansas. 

Russian poultry company culls one million broilers over AI fears

One of the largest poultry producers in the Far East part of Russia, Amur Broiler, has culled one million heads of broilers since mid-August, when laboratory inspection of samples taken...

Irish farmers call for government intervention on beef prices

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Joe Healy has called on the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed to intervene on cuts to cattle prices. 

MLA invests in grass-fed beef sector

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced a $1.9 million investment in developing leaders of the country’s grass-fed sector. 

South Africa hit with fifth bird flu outbreak

A farm owned by one of South Africa’s biggest poultry processors, Astral Foods, has been hit with an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI). 

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Comeragh Mountain Lamb seeks protected status

A consultation has been launched for Comeragh Mountain Lamb to be granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the EU. 

French cattle to learn from UK breed

The French cattle industry has signed a deal that will see it receive genetics from a UK breed.

Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report...

Australia rolls out sheep health monitoring programme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced a $3 million (m) investment in the health of its sheep flock. 

Asia: Bird flu outbreaks see 200,000 birds culled

Hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled in the Philippines and Laos after both Southeast Asian countries reported avian influenza (AI) outbreaks.

Czech government buys pig farm on Holocaust site

Czech pig breeder AGPI a.s. has agreed to sell its pig farm in Lety to the country’s government for an undisclosed sum.

Ukraine pig herd dented by ASF

Ukraine has lost 11% of its domestic pig herd due to African swine fever (ASF) since the epidemic hit the county in 2014, according to Maxim Martynyuk, the country’s acting Agriculture...

Arkansas farmers embrace provenance technology

A group of livestock farmers from the US-state of Arkansas have adopted technology that will tell customers where their dinners originated. 

Brazil beef exports rising after meat scandal

Brazilian beef exports appear to be returning to pre-scandal levels, with global shipments up by nearly a third in July, according to new data.

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Global Re-Fuel develops new poultry biomass furnace

Energy technology company Global Re-Fuel has developed a new chicken litter-fuelled biomass furnace that is designed to improve poultry health and farmers’ operating margins by more than $15,000 a year...

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Pigs culled as African swine fever strikes Romania

Several pigs have been culled after Romania was hit with its first-ever outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). 

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