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New Zealand lamb numbers see modest recovery

Lamb numbers are forecast to have increased by 1.2% on the previous spring, reaching an estimated 25.8 million, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

Bird flu detected at Canadian poultry farms

An H5 strain of avian influenza has been discovered on two farms in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, with two additional farms also quarantined.

Cargill partners Kennedy and Coe on cattle sustainability

The cattle supply arm of Cargill’s US beef business has teamed up with consultancy Kennedy and Coe to develop a beef cattle sustainability assessment for its feed yards.

Import bans placed on avian influenza-affected countries

Hong Kong has banned imports of poultry meat and products (including eggs) from the Netherlands, following the continuing outbreaks of avian influenza.

Philippines imposes restrictions on African cattle

The Philippine Department of Agriculture has order a temporary ban to be placed on the imports of cattle products from Botswana, Africa, following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Turkey increases exports of poultry meat to Russia

In the first nine months of 2014, supplies of poultry meat and seafood from Turkey to Russia rose by almost four-and-a-half times, with strong potential for further growth, according to...

New meat import restrictions could threaten Russian-led Customs Union

Russia has announced restrictions on the imports of a number of food products from its partners in the Customs Union – Belarus and Kazakhstan – as the issue of re-exporting...

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Avian influenza found in wild ducks in Netherlands

Two samples from wild ducks around the area of Kamerik, Woerden, in the Netherlands, have tested positive for a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza, confirmed in a...

Welfare and sustainability of pig industry discussed in Brazil

Animal welfare experts met recently in Brazil to discuss the implementation of sustainable solutions within the country’s pig production industry.

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Portugal sees first BSE outbreak since 2012

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in Portugal, marking the first case of the disease since June 2012.

White paper warns about vector-borne disease threat

The impact of vector-borne disease costs the global livestock sector billions every year, and is an increasing threat, according to the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH).

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EFSA investigates possible entry routes for H5N8 into Europe

Following an urgent request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing the current situation surrounding the avian influenza outbreak in Europe.

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according...

Danish best practice highlighted at International Pig Seminar

Pig welfare, advances in genetics, and strict hygiene practices were highlighted as key to Denmark’s success by leading industry figures at the International Pig Seminar this week.

Canada looks to improve ROI for Nova Scotia beef producers

More than CA$89,000 is being invested in a project by the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers to boost animal welfare practices, improve farm safety and increase return on investment (ROI).

Random tests find MRSA in Danish and German pork in Sweden

Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

Biosecurity precautions urged over bird flu threat in Europe

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have warned that avian influenza’s “rapid spread” through Europe threatens the poultry sectors...

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CSB-System brings full traceability to beef processor

Food IT specialist CSB-System International has launched a full traceability system for leading German meat processor Vion Convenience.

Poultry welfare coming to the fore – but not for all

For grocery retailers in many markets, offering cage-free eggs and cruelty-free poultry meat has virtually become the new industry standard. The next point of public contention – namely the unpalatable...

Israel set to send supplies of meat to Russia by the year-end

Russia is negotiating with Israel on the launch of meat supplies, with the first deliveries likely to take place before the end of 2014, Russian officials have claimed. 

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US pork board approves funding for swine centre

The US’ National Pork Board has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center.

Saskatchewan to benefit from funding boost for pork development

Canadian federal and provincial governments announced a CA$150,000 funding package for the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork) this week.

Second outbreak of bird flu reported in Netherlands

A second outbreak of avian influenza has been discovered at a farm in the Netherlands, the country’s Ministry for Economic Affairs has confirmed.

Outbreaks of H5N8 in Europe raise concerns in Post Soviet Union block

Ukraine has banned imports of poultry from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, due to outbreaks of the avian influenza H5N8 strain, according to the country’s State Veterinary and Phytosanitary...

BEUC kicks off campaign for antibiotic reduction in livestock

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has launched a campaign urging EU institutions to restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock.