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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...

McDonald’s US pledges to phase out sow stalls

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has announced its decision to ask US pork suppliers to eliminate gestation crates for sows.

Concerns over GM animals in the EU

A group of organisations have expressed concern about the possible introduction of genetically modified (GM) animals in the European Union (EU), after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released guidance...

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Nepalese bird flu progresses further

Thousands of chickens have been culled in the Nepalese provinces of Ilam, Panchthar and Sunsari after highly pathogenic bird flu was detected on several farms.

Questions raised over antibiotics study

An American animal welfare organisation has dismissed a UK study on the link between farm antibiotic use and the development of antibiotic-resistant disease in humans as “misleading” and “highly irresponsible”.

Methane reduction achievable within four years

A new EU-commissioned genetic study could allow livestock producers to breed animals releasing less methane in as little as four years.

Abattoir cruelty causes stir in Australia

Slaughterings at a western Sydney abattoir have been suspended after an undercover video exposing animal cruelty emerged.

Agricultural investment needed to ensure food security

Food and agricultural corporations must take action now and support farmers in order to meet future food security challenges, Rabobank has said.

Spring likely to see Schmallenberg spread further

The Schmallenberg virus (SBV), recently observed in ruminants, is likely to spread to other European countries when temperatures get warmer, according to the European Food safety Authority (EFSA).

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Agriterra expands Mozambique beef operation

Pan-African agricultural company Agriterra has announced good progress on its vertically integrated beef operation in Mozambique.

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700,000 under-fed chickens seized in Australia

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has seized around 700,000 chickens from six broiler farms after receiving reports that they were being under-fed.

Positive outlook for Australian sheep sector

The Australian sheep industry expects a positive year in 2012, with a 4.2% increase in livestock numbers, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced.

Spam manufacturer improves sow welfare

US pork processor Hormel Foods has announced it will eliminate gestation crates from all its production plants by 2018.

Russia ponders ban on EU meat

Russian authorities have defended their decision to temporarily restrict imports of cattle from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France from February 1 over the Schmallenberg virus, and warn a...

UK cattle supply on a downward trend

UK cattle slaughterings dropped by 6% in the second half of 2011, mainly due to a reduction in young bull kill, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced.

Low pathogenic bird flu threatens Australian exports

Japan and Hong Kong have suspended imports of Australian poultry products, including meat and eggs, following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on a duck farm in Victoria.

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide a scientific assessment of the risks related to the Schmallenberg virus.

Canadian livestock industry hit by ethanol, finds study

A new report has revealed that Canadian ethanol production is costing the country’s livestock industry millions of dollars.

Dutch urge joint response to Schmallenberg virus

The Dutch government is pressing for a co-ordinated European Union (EU) response to fighting the Schmallenberg virus, a damaging disease spreading rapidly among livestock across Europe.

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo has replaced president of the food safety and animal health authority (SENACSA) Daniel Rojas, after questions emerged over his handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak...

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Canada strikes trade deal with Philippines

Canada has reached a new trade agreement for the exports of live cattle, sheep and goats to the Philippines.

US Supreme Court cancels California abattoir law

The US Supreme Court has rejected a 2010 California law forbidding slaughterhouses to accept animals unable to walk.

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

New research has found that nearly 6.6% of pork sold at retail in America is infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

Schmallenberg virus “worrying”, says OIE

The recently discovered Schmallenberg virus, causing abortion and fetal abnormalities in ruminants, needs to be monitored closely according to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) director Bernard Vallat.