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Graphic content warning: Bali’s dog meat trade

An undercover investigation by Animals Australia has revealed in graphic detail the growing dog meat trade hitting unsuspecting tourists in holiday hotspot Bali.

Tyson Foods vice president elected chairman of US poultry council

Marc Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods has been elected chairman of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), succeeding former incumbent Steve Monroe. 

China takes big step toward improving pig welfare

Chinese agri-food producer Da Bei Nong will introduce group sow housing and lower stocking density in a scheme that could radically change animal welfare for half the world’s pig population....

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade...

Danish investment firm breaks ground in Chinese pig breeding project

A Danish government investment fund is one of four investors in a huge new pig breeding and processing project that has just broken ground in northern China. 

New EU animal welfare body should promote high standards, says EC

 Europe’s meat and livestock industry is to benefit from best-practice information regarding animal protection and wellness issues via a new European Union (EU) Platform on Animal Welfare. 

News in brief

Animal health firm gets Malaysian antibiotic approval

A subsidiary of London-based veterinary drug producer ECO Animal Health Group plans to become a “major force” after its poultry antibiotic was approved for sale in Malaysia.

Farmers probed as China finds banned drug in pork

Canadian pork processor Olymel LP is investigating hundreds of its pork suppliers after a shipment of pig feet to China tested positive for residues of the banned growth-enhancing drug ractopamine.

Wellard sells livestock vessel for AU$34m

Struggling Australian livestock trader Wellard Limited will sell one of its vessels for AU$34m.

China’s reopening of live bird markets questioned

Local government authorities in China may not be fully aware of the potential threat posed by bird flu, after human infections of H7N9 were detected this month.

Cattle sale restrictions introduced by Indian government

The Indian meat industry has warned that new rules prohibiting the sale of aged cattle from markets for slaughter may hinder the recent success of the sector.

Russia limits poultry trade as bird flu spreads

Russia’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has prohibited poultry exports from six regions, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been detected.

Top hog firm hires ex-Tyson Foods vice-president

One of America’s biggest family-owned hog producers, Maschhoffs LCC, has appointed meat industry grandee Paul Fox as chief operating officer.

NZ: 1,000 animals unfit to travel slaughtered annually

A thousand animals unfit to travel are sent to slaughter annually in New Zealand (NZ), the country’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has told this site.

Dutch poultry hatching firm plots move in Russia

Netherlands-based Hendrix Genetics plans to build a complex producing hatching eggs for turkeys in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. 

App launched to stop the transport of weak animals

A mobile app to help farmers determine if an animal is fit for transport has been launched, after New Zealand’s government admitted unfit animals have arrived at abattoirs.

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers...

Lamb prices cause dissension between MII and sheep farmers

A war of words has broken out between Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) over the price of lamb in supermarkets.

Wellard appoints new exec to charm China

One of Australia’s largest livestock exporters, Wellard Limited, has appointed Chinese businessman Kanda Lu as executive director in a push to expand in China’s cattle market.

Canadian pig farmers address US restriction imbalance

Pig farmers from Canada have spoken to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the export challenges facing the sector.

Industry ‘must’ cut antibiotics, says poultry council

International chicken business leaders have agreed a united stance on antibiotic use, claiming industry must reduce antimicrobials that pose the “greatest global risk”.

Danish Crown offers more cash for pigs

Danish Crown will pay extra money per kilogram of pork delivered to its abattoirs as the meat processor aims to reverse a supply decline that could hit jobs.

US beef producer sells cattle farms to raise investment capital

Cargill will sell its two remaining cattle feedlots to Omaha-based Green Plains, as the US meat producer exits the cattle feeding business.

Perdue confirmed as US agriculture secretary

America’s meat trade has reacted warmly to news that Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has finally been confirmed by the US senate. 

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).