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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.

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

The US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has announced plans to ban the use of certain antibiotics used to treat cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

Hong Kong officials have warned of a possible outbreak of bird flu after a chicken carcass from a poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

Investment needed to satisfy global meat demand, says FAO

By 2050 the world’s burgeoning population will consume two-thirds more animal protein than at present, requiring huge efficiency gains in livestock production, say industry experts.


Ending pig castration in the EU: a long road ahead

Earlier this month, farmers, meat processors, retailers, scientists, veterinarians and animal welfare lobbyists gathered in Amsterdam to discuss progress towards voluntarily ending pig castration in Europe by 2018. Carina Perkins...

UK poultry producers in antibiotic pledge

UK poultry farmers have pledged to cut antibiotic use in response to challenges laid down by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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UK farmers push for EU backing against retailers

UK farmers are calling on EU policy leaders to help them redress what they claim is an imbalance in the supply chain between themselves and retailers.