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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.

EU beef market ‘fragile’

Europe’s farming body Copa and Cogeca has urged the EU Commission not to progress with bilateral free trade talks, saying they could have a “catastrophic” effect on the beef sector....

Largest halal beef farm to be built in Kazakhstan

Dubai-based company AMK Metal Fzco is to construct a livestock farm for 20,000 head of cattle and a meat processing plant for the production of 5,000 tonnes (t) of high-quality...

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

Russia bans Ukraine pork imports following ASF outbreak

Russia has officially banned imports of pork and live pigs from Ukraine, following the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the country’s Poltava Oblast.

Dunbia sends first pork exports to India

Northern Ireland meat processor Dunbia has exported its first load of pork to India, following a trade agreement reached in 2015.

Text PorkCrisis for breaking pig news

The National Pork Board has launched Pork Crisis Alerts, a text service that delivers breaking virus outbreak and industry-wide emergency news to pork producers in the US.

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China eyes Ireland’s beef exports

China is among a host of countries planning a visit to inspect Ireland’s meat processing plants in 2016, with a view to boosting exports of a range of products, including...

Miratorg spends millions on drones and hunters

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg’s giant beef complex is to start using unmanned aircraft (drones) and has hired several brigades of hunters to protect crops and livestock, according to a statement...

One million cows to have genetic code recorded

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has contracted DNA laboratory Weatherbys and Eurofins Genomics to genotyping over one million cows by 2017.

South African bodies lock horns on US poultry

South Africa’s Poultry Association (SAPA) has said it will not lower poultry testing standards to accommodate US imports, after an industry body criticised it for “stubborn protectionism” over the country’s...

Canadian beef exports resume in South Korea

South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian beef after fears of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case, which led to a temporary embargo on cattle produce, subsided.

Production of Danish pig genes to double

A new collaboration of Danish pig producers plans to double the country’s exports of pork breeding stock and semen. 

Vietnam raises bird flu alert as dangerous strain detected

Panic-stricken Vietnam has raised the bird flu alarm as two strains of avian influenza infect people in China. 

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WTO scraps subsidies on meat exports

Meat exporting countries worldwide will be scrapping export subsidies after a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Nairobi agreed on Friday 18 December to phase out distortive trade sweeteners.

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