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Livestock are the building blocks of the meat industry, and with world production numbers declining overall, the issue is starting to take centre stage on a global level.

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Maple Leaf appoints leader in animal wellness

Canadian firm Maple Leaf Foods has appointed Dr Stephanie Cottee as leader, animal wellness.

Canadian broiler meat production to rise 2%

A 2% increase in broiler meat production is expected for Canada’s poultry industry in 2015, according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Vets and scientists to discuss animal disease at Edinburgh conference

A global gathering of vets and scientists are meeting to discuss the challenges of gathering health information on wild animals, at the European Wildlife Disease Association Conference this week (25-29...

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Syrian livestock sector feels the effects of conflict

The livestock sector in Syria has been seriously impacted by the country’s ongoing civil war, with poultry production down by over half compared to pre-conflict levels, cattle herds by 40%,...

Meat production “comes at considerable cost” to environment

The continued growth in meat production worldwide is putting pressure on water and land resources, and "comes at considerable cost" to the environment, according to Worldwatch Institute’s Michael Renner....

Alliance formed in Germany on animal welfare

The food industry in Germany has formed an alliance to tackle ongoing criticism about animal husbandry, with the meat industry, farmers and retailers all keen to see stricter animal welfare...

Saudi poultry production is on the up

The Saudi Arabian poultry sector has experienced major production growth in recent years, according to a recent report from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

UK meat industry accuses documentary of ‘scaremongering’

A UK documentary series has been criticised by the meat industry for scaremongering consumers into not eating meat.

Animal disease monitoring is critical for human health, says FAO

Health and agriculture ministers were told that monitoring animal disease plays a critical role in preventing human disease threats, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),...

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Canadian agriculture minister highlights cattle opportunities

Gerry Ritz, Canadian agriculture minister, spoke of the benefit of unfettered trade with the US, and increased market access and trade successes, when he addressed delegates at the Canadian Cattlemen’s...

Bill approved on the reduction of antibiotics

The Californian Assembly has approved a bill which serves to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock, but industry groups say it is unlikely to make a difference.

Armed conflict in Ukraine affects largest meat producers

Ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is harming meat businesses, as the largest agricultural holdings in the country have reported serious problems in the regions where fighting is taking place.

FDA releases its report on antimicrobial resistance

The US Food and Drug Administration this week launched its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report, which showed both increasing and decreasing trends.

New Zealand sees decrease in sheep numbers

Sheep numbers in New Zealand have dropped 3.2% to 29.8m in the year to 30 June 2014, according annual data from Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Economic Service.

Argentine government proposes integration of pig production chain

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Argentina) recently held talks on proposals to integrate the country’s swine production chain.

Philippines fears spread of foot and mouth disease

The Philippines has banned hog products from South China over fears about the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD).

EU ships vaccines to halt foot-and-mouth in Algeria and Tunisia

The European Commission dispatched on Friday (1 August) an emergency shipment of 1.1 million foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines in Algeria and Tunisia after the first cases in 15 years were...

Turning point for US cattle numbers?

Delegates at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado were told that the industry was transitioning from the liquidation phase to the expansion phase in terms of cattle numbers.

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Slaughter association to host symposium

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is to hold an International Symposium from 16-17 July 2015, in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Indian meat industry worries about ‘war on meat’, says Euromonitor

India is fast emerging as one of the world’s biggest bovine meat exporters. This, however, does not sit at all well with the country’s newly elected Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata...

Positive outlook for Australia’s lamb industry

Strong export demand coupled with producer confidence and a robust native market is shedding a positive light on Australia’s lamb industry, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) mid-year update....

Australian meat firm signs AU$1bn deal with Chinese importer

Australian meat firm V&V Walsh has signed a deal with China’s Grand Farm, for a reported AU$1bn, according to Australian media.

Indian poultry farmers continue use of growth promoters, despite official ban

Indian meat and poultry farmers are continuing to use antibiotics for inducing speedier growth of broiler chickens even though authorities have officially banned the practice, according to a new report.

Baltics and Poland unite to battle African swine fever

Four Baltic rim states have reached an agreement on a programme of joint measures to combat the outbreak of the fatal African swine fever virus (ASF) in the region.

Dutch food safety authority declare pigs free of furazolidone

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has confirmed that no traces of banned antibiotic furazolidone have been found in pigs in the Netherlands.