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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.

EU insists on PEDv test for US and Canadian live pig imports

Live pigs imported from the USA and Canada will henceforth be tested for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) to prevent the disease being introduced to Europe from North America.

Russia imposes restrictions on live pig imports

Russia has banned imports of live pigs from six countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, due to fears about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus...

USDA announces multi-million dollar investment in fight against pig disease

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has pledged $26.2 million in funding to combat the threat of pig disease.

China BSE risk is negligible, says OIE

China has been granted ‘negligible’ bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk disease status, by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


Special feature: Focus on Denmark's pork industry

The high costs of finishing pigs in Denmark and avoiding African Swine Fever are just two of the challenges facing Denmark’s pork industry.

Study shows yeast could improve broiler meat quality

A recent study published in the Animal Science Journal indicates that the inclusion of astaxanthin (Ax)-rich yeast in the diet of broilers increases meat quality.

Plans shared on new common industry audit platform for pork

The National Pork Board has shared plans for a new common industry platform for pork producers, packers and processors, following more than a year of industry collaboration.

Boycott of Danish pork widens in Sweden

Danish officials have raised concerns over a boycott of Danish pork in Swedish ICA Supermarket stores during a meeting of Nordic prime ministers in Iceland.

World Pork Expo kicks off in Iowa

Close to 20,000 pork producers and related professionals, from around 32 countries, have descended on the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, this week (4-6 June), to find out...

Canadian government looks to improve swine industry

The Canadian swine industry has received CA$13m in investment from the government, in order to aid the development of the sector.

Chinese pig farmers switch from pigs to lamb and cattle

China’s pig breeders appear to have had enough of low prices and are moving on to breed sheep. The key agricultural province of Shandong is seeing a shift to sheep...

Need for investment in Nigeria’s livestock sector

The poor health and welfare reputation of Nigeria’s abattoirs and meat processors has undermined the reputation of its meat sector, helping reduce exports to a derisory level.

US fast food chain urges change to grass-fed beef

A leading fast food chain in the US is urging US farmers to switch to grass-fed beef to help it maintain its supply of premium beef.

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Further swine fever cases discovered in Poland

A further four wild boar have died from African swine fever (ASF) in Poland, in the first reported reoccurrence of the disease since March this year.

US food safety association flags up potential negatives of TTIP

Food safety in the meat industry could be negatively affected by the result of the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the European Union,...

Collective bargaining power on cards for Australian poultry growers

Chicken, turkey and duck meat growers in New South Wales may soon have the power to collectively bargain with processors, if a new proposal from the Australian Competition and Consumer...

EFSA publishes scientific opinion on tail-docking in pigs

Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) panel has published a scientific opinion on the issue of tail-docking in...

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Halal conference calls for improved understanding of Sharia

Participants at the third Gulf Conference on The Halal Industry called for greater understanding of the consensus between Sharia interpretation and scientific evidence.

Canada hints at export opportunities to Ukraine

Canadian sheep and goat producers are hoping to expand their exports to Ukraine, following the signing of an agreement to allow exports of pure-bred sheep and goats to the country.

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Higher meat production costs to filter to US consumers

A 10% decrease in US pork supply, coupled with droughts in California, look set to hit American consumers in the wallet, according to a professor at Texas Tech University.

Iran increases poultry production to avoid social unrest

In 1392 – the Iranian year equivalent to 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 – Iran produced 2.15 million tonnes (mt) of poultry, a rise of about 12% year-on-year,...

Further global collaboration on animal health announced

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE) have pledged to boost their existing collaboration on animal health, in a...

Findings released on PEDv in Mexico

There have been a total of 83 outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Mexico since July 2013, according to the latest update from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE).

New Zealand red meat group reaches first milestone

Red meat sector group the Red Meat Profit Partnership, in New Zealand, has revealed it has now fully established itself as a limited partnership, with a board of directors appointed.

Appointments announced at National Pork Board

Five new appointments to the National Pork Board have been announced by US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack.

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