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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.

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).

Rising pig prices lead to smuggling epidemic

Historically high Chinese pig prices and ongoing crackdowns on farmyard pollution appear to have driven a wave of pig smuggling from Vietnam into China. 

No quick fix for New Zealand earthquake recovery

Farmers impacted by the earthquake earlier this month in New Zealand have been warned that recovery is going to be a long-term process.

Buffalo fly control project launched in Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is supporting a new research project aimed at controlling buffalo flies.

World Meat Congress

World Meat Congress, in quotes

Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

Hungary hit with trade bans following bird flu outbreak

Seven non-EU member states and territories have banned Hungarian poultry imports after an outbreak of the avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8 at a Hungarian turkey farm in Békés....

African swine fever and avian influenza rock Europe

Sausages derived from pigs infected with African swine fever (ASF) have been identified in Moscow, while Europe continues to battle a growing bird flu epidemic.

Massachusetts backs animal welfare plan in election-day vote

The US state of Massachusetts has voted in favour of a statewide ban on the sale of pork products or veal from animals that cannot turn around or stretch their...

Major investment in pig processing site in Northern China

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand’s (CP) Chinese business is investing CNY3.6 billion ($531m) in a site intended to process one million pigs annually in one of the country’s less populated regions. ...

International Beef Alliance urges progress on TPP

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) has called on all members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to speed up the ratification process. 

Massachusetts to vote on stall-restricted livestock

Voters in Massachusetts are poised to decide on Tuesday [November 8] whether the US state should ban the sale of pork products or veal from animals that cannot turn around...

Bangladesh launches mobile SMS service to fight animal diseases

The Bangladesh government has launched mobile SMS (short message service) services to educate small farmers about animal diseases and treatment.

News in brief

Member States join forces on EU PIG project

More than a dozen EU Member States have joined together to create a new project to improve the pig industry.

Chongqing: The beef capital of China

An ambitious Chinese provincial official wants to displace imported beef with home grown product.

ASF poses ‘very serious risk’ to Denmark

African swine fever (ASF) is a pig farmer’s worst nightmare and as the virus rages in Poland, experts warn even a small outbreak could cost Denmark’s pork industry around €300m...

International paper signals support for reducing antibiotics in livestock

A paper released to a global symposium on preventing antibiotic resistance has signalled that international action should include restricting the prophylactic treatment of livestock with such medicines.