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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...

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...