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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.

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Interview with OIE director Bernard Vallat

Bernard Vallat was elected director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2000. He talks to GlobalMeatNews about antibiotics, livestock transportation and animal diseases.

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OIE likely to ban growth-promoting antibiotics

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is likely to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics on livestock in the next few years, OIE director Bernard Vallat has said.

Brazil and Scotland team up to tackle food security challenge

Agricultural scientists in Scotland and Brazil have signed a formal agreement for research teams from the two countries to work together on joint projects.

OIE calls for bank support of FMD campaign

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will ask banks to fund a global campaign to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) at its next conference on the topic.

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

The European Union (EU) is launching a new strategy for animal welfare, as it says the current uniform approach has caused varying levels of compliance across member states that has...

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

French beef and veal production is expected to go down by 5% in 2012, following two years of increase, the Institut de l’Elevage (livestock institute) has revealed.

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1m signatures demand legislative change against long-distance animal travel

Over one million people have signed an online petition calling for change in European Union (EU) legislation that would make journey times shorter for animals being transported to slaughter, and...

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New guidelines for animal welfare during transport

European animal welfare organisations have teamed up with meat associations to publish a new set of guidelines for the transport of live cattle.

Australia faces uncertainty over Indonesia exports

Australian cattle farmers continue to face uncertainty over the future of the valuable export market to Indonesia.

Argentine government vows vigilance over FMD

The Argentine government has promised to be steadfast in protecting its valuable beef industry in the face of a renewed foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in neighbouring Paraguay.

Urgent action needed to improve welfare in EU-Turkey livestock exports

Animal welfare organisations have asked the European Commission to suspend livestock trade between the EU and Turkey until transport conditions are improved.

Supply discipline key to EU meat industry’s success

EU meat companies need to control supply growth in order to improve margins in a fragile economic environment, a Rabobank report has revealed.

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Oxford Farming Conference 2012

The oxford Farming Conference took place on 3-5 January 2012 and featured a wide range of international speakers, including UK agriculture minister Jim Paice and USDA chief economist Dr Joseph...

Australia proposes pig slaughter levy increase

Australia’s pork body has submitted a proposal to government seeking permission to increase the pig slaughter levy for the first time in 18 years.