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Germany’s Tönnies to invest €300m in Serbia’s pig industry

German meat processor Tönnies is to sign a new agreement with the Serbian government this June, sealing a €300m investment in the country’s pig breeding and meat processing sectors....

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South Africa’s drought depletes livestock count

South Africa’s livestock numbers are feeling the effects of the country’s most severe drought in over a century. 

Kyrgyzstan poultry farms on the verge of extinction

Common customs space with Russia and Kazakhstan has almost killed off poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the chairman of the country’s Union of Poultry Farmers, Rustam...

Animal disease law formally approved by European Parliament agriculture committee

The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee has backed proposed measures to prevent and stop outbreaks of animal diseases, including avian flu and African swine fever. 

Spain offsets Europe’s pig herd decline

A report on the performance of European pork reveals, as experts predicted, the pig breeding herd declined during 2015, as low demand and even lower prices hit meat producers hard.

ASF-resistant pigs identified in historic study

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

Bird flu epidemic devastates Nigeria

Nigeria is grappling with a damaging bird flu epidemic that has caused the deaths of 90,000 chickens in less than a month. 

Mexico eyes organic stock trading through bilateral agreement

The European Commission has confirmed it has entered into negotiations with Mexico over a bilateral agreement on the trade of organic produce, which may include meat. 

Russia creates pork hub to target China

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million...

EU urged to open pork trade with Russia

The EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has urged farm ministers to open trade talks with Russia – once a key market for pork – as the beleaguered industry continues to struggle...

Antimicrobial resistance fear grows

Research has found that bacteria in humans, food and animals continue to show resistance to the most widely used antimicrobials, leading to concerns in the European food industry. 

Significant drop in pig population forecast for Estonia

Pig farming in Estonia is facing tough challenges, due to African swine fever (ASF), irrational moves by the country’s veterinary authorities and a negative market outlook, according to market participants....

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Ireland woos Spanish cattle heads

The Irish ambassador to Spain, David Cooney, has hosted a joint dinner with the Irish food body Bord Bía to promote exports of Irish cattle to Spain.

Japan lifts ban on Danish beef imports

Japan has ended its 15-year ban on the imports of Danish beef after long-running mad cow disease fears were addressed by European politicians.

Steve Hanson elected as US Beef Councils chief

Nebraskan cattle producer Steve Hanson has been elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) trade...

Ukraine poultry firm takes a stand on EU exports

Ukraine’s largest poultry processor MHP plans to expand exports of poultry meat to the European Union (EU) at any cost, even if the current quotas are not raised, according to...

‘Big changes’ needed in EU food supply chain

A report from the EU Commission on ways to improve the functionality of the region’s food chain concludes that sweeping changes to the Supply Chain Initiative need to be made,...

The best pig farmer in the West

The National Pork Board in the US is on a quest to find the country’s best pig producer, and the winner will have to demonstrate the highest standards of animal...

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Blizzard batters four Tyson Food packaging plants

Production has ground to a halt at three Tyson Food pork processing facilities and one beef plant, as the powerful Storm Kayla cut through south-western America on Tuesday 2 February.

Indian black chicken producers seek geographical indication to boost trade

Authorities in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are trying to acquire national geographical indication (GI) protection for a nutritious variety of ‘black chicken’ called ‘Kadaknath’, to promote national...

OIE: virus will ‘impact’ Georgia’s meat trade

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has predicted the outbreak of bluetongue (BTV) in Georgia is likely to hit the country’s exports of sheep and lamb meat. 

Argentina to increase beef exports to EU once FMD-linked ban is lifted

Argentina is poised to increase beef exports to the European Union (EU) this year after its government predicted the EU would soon lift foot and mouth disease-related import restrictions for meat from...

Worrying outlook for pork in Rabobank’s Q1 report

The global pork market will remain unsteady in the first quarter of 2016 but will pick up pace in the second quarter, according to Rabobank’s Global Pork Quarterly report.

Australia’s #GoodMeat campaign returns

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has kick-started its popular #GoodMeat social media campaign to educate consumers on traceability, biodiversity, animal welfare and climate change.

Over 2,000 sheep hit with bluetongue virus in Georgia

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that five isolated outbreaks of bluetongue have been detected in Georgia.

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