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.
07-Mar-2014 - The avian influenza (AI) discovered in the Netherlands is likely to be low pathogenic (LPAI), according to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).
07-Mar-2014 - The cost of Brazilian beef is on the up as unseasonably hot weather has resulted in a fall in cattle supplies.
07-Mar-2014 - Ukraine’s revolution and subsequent Russian intervention might have disrupted much of its economy and politics, but the country’s meat and livestock sector has so far emerged unscathed.
06-Mar-2014 - One of China’s most respected agricultural experts has used China’s annual parliament – sitting this week in Beijing – to call for the establishment of a chicken reserve to rescue farmers from the current bird flu crisis.
05-Mar-2014 - The European Commission and the Lithuanian government are considering backing significant hunting and trapping campaigns to reduce wild boar numbers in regions where these animals have contracted African Swine Fever.
04-Mar-2014 - Research from Brazil has pointed to the use of mineral and micronutrient selenium as a potential method of reducing cholesterol in cattle.
04-Mar-2014 - China’s agriculture ministry is to set up monitoring networks for the H7N9 bird flu virus across the country’s provinces, cities and counties say government documents.
04-Mar-2014 - Friland, the Danish Crown-owned organic meat specialist, has entered a tri-partnership to develop Wagyu cattle herds in Denmark and produce Kobe meat for high-end consumers in Denmark and beyond, including restaurants and speciality supermarkets.
04-Mar-2014 - The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs (ANSA) has spoken out against a ‘covert’ halal trial, carried out by Cargill Meats Europe earlier this year.
03-Mar-2014 - More than 40,000 chickens have been killed after H5N1 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was discovered at a farm in the Netherlands.
03-Mar-2014 - The European Union (EU) and Brazil are to boost their cooperation over health controls in their trade in meat and livestock, said a joint communiqué, released after a summit meeting in Brussels.
03-Mar-2014 - The Swedish government is to discuss "practical" initiatives to support Sweden’s high-cost pig farming sector, which is struggling to compete with cheaper imported pigmeat products.
03-Mar-2014 - Russia has imposed a temporary ban on pork imports from Ukraine, claiming the unstable political situation in the country does not allow local veterinary services to properly monitor the quality of meat products being exported.
28-Feb-2014 - UK animal welfare charity the RSPCA has succeeded in prompting a full enquiry into live animal exports from the port of Dover, as it calls for a nationwide ban.
28-Feb-2014 - Veterinary services in China and India are supporting the Russian ban on EU pork imports, according to Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.
28-Feb-2014 - While the first outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have now been registered in the eastern part of the European Union, in Russia, where the disease has raged for six years, veterinary specialists predict a further deterioration of the situation in 2014.
27-Feb-2014 - US poultry processor Sanderson Farms announced a year-on-year sales drop of 1.8% to $584.9m, in its trading update for the first quarter ended 31 January 2014.
27-Feb-2014 - Wholesale pork prices are predicted to increase 5.5-6.5%, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) latest Producer Price Index (PPI).
26-Feb-2014 - The National Beef Packing Company is to close its Californian processing facility in April.
26-Feb-2014 - Spain’s veterinary organisation is promising a tough response to a fresh outbreak of bluetongue disease in Spanish livestock.
26-Feb-2014 - The EU pigmeat market is likely to have seen "significant downwards demand", following Russia’s ban on imports after African swine fever (ASF) was discovered in Lithuania, according to a leading industry analyst.
25-Feb-2014 - Exports of New Zealand (NZ) lamb have tightened following high levels of drought-induced turn-off earlier last year, according to new figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
25-Feb-2014 - A number of associations have come together to refute claims made by the German Poultry Association (ZDG) regarding a lack of GMO-free soy coming out of Brazil.
25-Feb-2014 - It is proving a gloomy start to the year for China’s pig producers, with low prices for hogs continuing to dog the sector. The latest data from the Department of Agriculture in Beijing showed that, as of 12 February, the national average price of RMB13.23/kg was down 0.8% on the previous week, but down 19.4% year on year. At RMB23.19/kg pork prices were down 13.1% year on year and 0.8% on the previous week.
25-Feb-2014 - From 24 February, Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor lifted restrictions on the supply of turkey meat from the USA, said service spokesman Alexei Alexeenko.
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