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Marfrig: halting deforestation ‘critical’

Meatpacker Marfrig said halting deforestation and fighting slave-like labour conditions was “critical” to its strategy in Brazil as an independent audit praised the company.

Pig laws set for post-virus epidemic shake-up

The African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in eastern Europe may trigger sweeping reforms in the pig industry, as conventional methods of fighting the disease have been ineffective. 

Russia’s Cherkizovo confirms African swine fever outbreak

A pig farm in Lipetsk, operated by Russian pork processor Cherkizovo Group, has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), according to the company.

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU)...

FAO to cut antimicrobial resistance in food supply chain

An action plan to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance in global food supply chains has been launched by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). 

Pakistan meat traders voice concerns over “unchecked” livestock smuggling

Unchecked smuggling of cattle to neighbouring Afghanistan and Iran is causing concern among exporters in Pakistan, with fears that exports will fall further as a result. 

Calls for crackdown on unfair trading

The European Commission has been urged to introduce legislation to clamp down on unfair supply chain trading practices at a high-level summit in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.

A force for good: OIE, OECD address animal welfare worldwide

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have signed an agreement in Paris to align their efforts to promote animal welfare.

Thousands of pigs burn to death on Russian farm

A fire at a pig farm run by Cherkizovo Group has killed nearly 10,000 piglets, according to a statement from the regional government.

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

Poland to expand poultry meat production and exports

Poland’s poultry production could increase by 13% this year, leading the state-run Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ) to suggest the industry could grow chicken exports by 18%.

Indonesia looks to grow buffalo imports

The Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (Bulog) is promoting buffalo meat as an alternative to beef in an effort to keep prices down. 

Zimbabwe to step up goat meat production

Zimbabwe national trade development and promotion organisation ZimTrade is looking to boost the capacities of local goat meat producers so it can take advantage of growing international demand. 

Avian influenza action plan unveiled by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has launched materials to help poultry producers organize and implement an incident response plan. 

IFA airs concerns over ABP Slaney Meats deal

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has claimed the proposed ABP and Slaney Meats deal will raise “serious competition issues for farmers”. 

China aids exports to Iraq

One of America’s biggest poultry firms has secured exports to Iraq – thanks to help from China. 

News in brief

Pigmeat decline causes meat production drop in Malta

Meat production in Malta dropped 3.8% in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, figures from the National Statistics Office have revealed. 

USDA expects beef exports to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set out an ambitious forecast for US beef exports over the next 12 months. 

Chinese beef acquisitions in Uruguay as Beijing dangles free trade deal

The purchase of a Uruguayan beef processor by a giant Chinese industrial conglomerate looks well-timed as China dangles the prospect of a free trade deal before the Latin American nation. ...

Copa-Cogeca admits EU pork market is ‘fragile’

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has warned that pork and beef markets in Europe are struggling a week after the European Commission delivered a £500 million aid package to farmers. 

China probes Jiangxi-reared pigs after Hong Kong steroid detection

Investigations into the health of pigs exported from Jiangxi are underway after Chinese authorities blocked trade following a warning from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). 

Q fever outbreak puts Australia on alert

An outbreak of Q fever at a meat-processing plant in Melbourne, Australia has put regional health officials on high alert.

Australia boosts livestock disease monitoring systems

Australian government and meat industry agencies are boosting their efforts to increase biosecurity for the country’s critically important livestock sector.

Australian beef council hails ‘important’ report

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) CEO Jed Matz has welcomed a report from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, which assessed the dangers of tighter competition laws. 

Fodder trends: drop in Australian cattle in feedlots

The number of slaughter cows across Australia on feed has fallen year-on-year, according to a feedlot survey by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).