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Taiwan bird flu ‘cover-up’ allegations investigated

Taiwanese officals have been forced to defend themselves over allegations that they covered up an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu.

Iowa undercover video ban sparks criticism

The passage of a law, making undercover filming on farms illegal in the US state of Iowa, has raised controversy among animal welfare organisations.

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France and Bulgaria team up for CAP

The French and Bulgarian agriculture ministers, Bruno Le Maire and Miroslav Naydenov, are about to sign an agreement to co-operate for the future of European agriculture.

Scientists discover PRRS resistance gene

A team of US scientists have discovered a genetic marker determining pigs’ level of resistance to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

A new report has concluded that the English red meat sector makes a “significant” contribution to the UK’s economy.

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Azerbaijan opens door to Canadian live exports

Azerbaijan has opened its door to Canadian live cattle exports, raising hope of increased trade relationships between the two countries.

WWF blames meat production for Brazilian deforestation

The meat industry’s dependency on soya bean to feed animals is the main cause of deforestation in the Brazilian region of Cerrado, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) argues.

Indonesian abattoirs under investigation

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is continuing to investigate a complaint of alleged animal welfare concerns at three Indonesian abattoirs.

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

Animal welfare organisation Alsace Nature has filed a complaint with the European Commission against France, pointing to “regular and systematic breaching” of the EU directive on pig welfare.

Canada-US hold livestock talks

Ministers from Canada and the US have met with livestock industry representatives to discuss how the countries can work together to improve competitiveness and productivity.

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

Spanish slaughterhouses have been criticised for poor animal welfare standards, after an audit carried out by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office found that four out of seven slaughterhouses did...

FAO campaigns against fraudulent farm drugs

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is campaigning for a pharmaceutical standard on Animal African Trypanosomosis drugs to be implemented in regions affected by the fatal livestock disease.

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

High production costs and stringent sow stall legislation have discouraged many pig producers in the European Union (EU), according to a UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market survey.

Avian influenza haunts Asian poultry sector

Key Asian poultry producers in Vietnam and India continue to be hit by bird flu outbreaks.

US beef production to decline further

American beef production is expected to go down by 4% in 2012, hindered by record low cattle numbers, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

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Ghanaian poultry industry blames government

The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAF) has expressed concern over the government’s handling of industry challenges, GhanaWeb reports.

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Australian abattoir installs CCTV

Meat processor Teys Australia has announced the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in its premises, ABC reports.

Farm antibiotics blamed for MRSA resistance

The Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacterium responsible for MRSA became drug-resistant when it jumped from humans to antibiotic-fed livestock, new research suggests.

UK animals produced under higher welfare rise 52%, says RSPCA

The number of farm animals produced in the UK under welfare standards accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has increased by 52% in...

EU commissioner defends CAP greening in UK

EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos has defended his proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in front of UK farmers.

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New Zealand downsizes export forecasts

New Zealand has revised its export lamb slaughter predictions for 2012, after the latest statistics revealed that the country’s lamb slaughter has declined further than expected.

‘Brainless chicken’ suggestion under fire

A suggestion to remove parts of chicken brains so they become unaware of their living conditions on intensive farms has come under attack from animal welfare organisations.

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Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

The UK-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a £1.3m research project to find the gene responsible for campylobacter resistance in chickens.

Botswana hopes to lift EU beef export ban

The Botswana government claims it is fulfilling demands made by the European Union (EU) to improve livestock disease controls in the face of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks, and hopes an...

UK and Italy join forces against CAP reform

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) and Italy’s Confederazione Nazionale Coldiretti are working together to ensure the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform benefit farmers in both...