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Canada makes further beef investment

The Canadian government has committed to investing a further C$3m to the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), which the industry claims will help improve productivity and efficiency throughout the beef chain....

Brits call for stall ban compliance

The British pig industry is calling on the European Commission to take action against member countries who fail to comply with partial stall ban legislation.

US red meat exports maintain strong momentum

US red meat exports have continued to increase in the first part of 2012, according to statistics from the US Department for Agriculture (USDA) and the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Focus on New Zealand

Sustainable farming: It is all about genetics

Grant and Bernie Weller have just won New Zealand's Ballance Farm Environment supreme award. They impressed the judges with their ability to combine sustainability and profitability. They tell GlobalMeatNews why...

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UK feed firm gains non-GM certification

UK animal feed importer Arkady Feed has received non-GMO certification for its Hipro Soyabean Meal, from independent scheme Cert ID.

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France leads animal welfare consortium

The French national institute for agricultural research (INRA) is co-ordinating a pan-European effort to improve animal welfare in the EU.

Flexibility needed to green EU agriculture

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cutting livestock emissions, according to one of the EU’s key policy officers.

Irish farmers criticise animal welfare bill

Ireland’s new animal health and welfare bill must not be an obstacle to the farming sector’s competitiveness, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.

WHO calls for urgent action to reduce antimicrobial resistance on farms

Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) caused by farm use of antibiotics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

EU welfare strategy needs improvement, says DG Sanco

The EU animal welfare strategy needs to move to in the same direction as food safety policy and be more risk-based, according to one of its authors.

Focus on New Zealand

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

With lamb supply dropping away, New Zealand has struggled to keep up with global demand and prices have soared, so is there a turnaround on the horizon?

EU urges China to improve poultry disease controls

The European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) is asking China to improve its poultry disease surveillance systems after exposing shortcomings in a report.

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.

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