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Vaccination tackles lumpy skin disease in SE Europe

Mass vaccination of cattle succeeded in containing lumpy skin disease in south-eastern Europe in 2015-16, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Russian meat giant plans huge lamb farming hub

Agricultural holding Miratorg plans to construct a 30,000-strong sheep farm in Russia, and wants to build 10 more in the same region, creating one of the world’s largest lamb clusters.

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Austin to pay people to house chickens in waste initiative

Austin, the capital city of the US state Texas, will start paying the public to keep a chicken coop as government officials look to innovative methods to meet ambitious food...

Russia battles diverse livestock diseases

Russia is facing numerous biosecurity problems, as African swine fever (ASF) challenges the pig industry, poultry farmers battle bird flu, the first outbreaks of nodular dermatitis hit cattle farmers, and...

Low sheep supply to spark record Australian prices

Tight livestock supplies will see Australia process 2.7 million fewer sheep and lambs this year, which may lead to record prices for the industry.

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Asian meat giant invests millions in Philippine farms

Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPF Philippines), a subsidiary of Thai food giant CPF, has invested 10 million pesos to bolster agriculture in the country.

Canada’s pig herd continues to grow

The number of pigs in Canada’s herd has continued to rise for the fourth consecutive year, according to the government-owned Statistics Canada.

China to employ European animal welfare standards

Britain’s animal welfare standards will act as a guideline for procedures in China, with the help of a new grant. 

UAE ban for Croatian poultry as bird flu hits country

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned a number of live bird and poultry product imports from Croatia, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. ...

Livestock exporter seeks shareholder help after ‘difficult trading’

Financially-troubled livestock exporter Wellard Limited has written to shareholders seeking to raise AU$52m as the embattled Australian company faces “difficult trading conditions”.

New Zealand: Animal welfare body airs ‘concerns’

Concerns over selective breeding practices in New Zealand’s commercial pork and poultry farms have been raised in a report from the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

Australia’s pork farmers face faeces ‘issue’

Free-range pig farmers in Australia face an emerging issue of pig feed becoming contaminated by duck muck, according to a livestock veterinarian.

Bird flu reaches fourth US state

The US state of Georgia reported its first-ever outbreak of bird flu this week, bringing the total number of US states affected by the disease this month to four.

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US cattle ranchers praise Beef Caucus start

US cattlemen have applauded the re-establishment of the Congressional Beef Caucus, set up to educate politicians on policy issues affecting cattle and beef producers.

Lamb scarcity in Georgia while exports rise

Georgia has been suffering from a shortage of lamb during the past few months, evidenced by rising prices in the domestic market. 

Indian crackdown on illegal meat slaughter, smuggling

India’s chief minister for the state of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, has ordered a crackdown on cow smuggling and illegal slaughter. 

Mexico eases beef trade tax

The Mexican government will allow a huge volume of international beef to enter the country tax-free this year.

Russia makes breakthrough in meat exports

Russia exported 173,000 tonnes (t) of meat last year, increasing this figure nearly twofold compared to 2015, according to the country’s Institute of Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR).

Russian agribusiness invests to beef up food safety

Russian agro-industrial organisation Miratorg has invested over RUB75 million ($1.3m) to improve quality control at its giant beef production site.

Romanian company to expand cattle farms

Romanian cattle breeder Karpaten Meat Trading will expand its three beef farms in Sibiu to a total of 6,500 head thanks to rising demand for Angus beef.

Three fish feed producers start partnership

Three aquaculture feed producers from Ireland, the Netherlands and Brazil have joined forces in a strategic partnership to spearhead the trawl for sustainable fish food solutions.

Investors increase pressure to cut antibiotics use

A $2bn coalition of investment firms have issued an antibiotics report as leading financial institutions grow increasingly concerned that overuse of livestock drugs could hit profits.

Ingredients firm to build massive animal feed factory in China

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company is targeting Chinese growth with plans to build a new animal feed factory in central China and add aquaculture production lines to another factory in...

Thai chicken farmers stamping out slavery win government recognition

Over 1,000 chicken farmers will receive a certificate from Thailand’s government that states the broiler growers adhere to strict anti-slavery standards.