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FAO to begin new world agriculture census

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to embark on a new global series of agricultural censuses in 2016, which will gather information and statistics...

Gut bacteria study aims to improve poultry health

Providing beneficial strains of friendly gut bacteria at the time of hatching could improve poultry health and performance. 

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Drop in price for Brazilian beef

Brazilian beef prices have fallen 28% since April due to a decline in domestic demand, according to a new Mintec report.

Australia begins live cattle exports to China

China has begun importing live cattle from Australia, following a landmark deal signed back in July that opened the doors to China’s beef market for Australian producers. 

Pork antibiotics battle rages on

The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have placed a full page advert in The Wall Street Journal in the form of an open letter to Subway...

EU and NZ trade agreement progresses

The European Union and New Zealand are set to progress negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA), in a move that holds particular significance for the red meat industry. 

Irish food body exhibits at Gulfood for first time

Irish food body Bord Bía participated in Dubai’s Gulfood Manufacturing last week for the first time, with a relaxation of restrictions on Irish beef and sheep meat exports to Oman...

Chinese pork imports on the rise

Pork imports into China have continued to increase throughout 2015, with volumes totalling 518,000 tonnes (t) for January to September, up 22% on the year before.

Lessons from AI outbreak offered up

A programme covering the lessons learned from the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in North America this year is being offered to the poultry industry with the hopes of preventing any...

Weak Australian dollar helps meat industry

The weak Australian dollar throughout 2015 has worked in the favour of its red meat industry, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has said, cementing its position as a net red...

New ASF outbreaks raise concerns over future of Ukraine pig industry

Meat industry executives in Ukraine have warned that African swine fever is posing a serious threat to the country’s pig industry, following the discovery of several new outbreaks of the...

International beef alliance grows

A group of five nations that formed an alliance to collaborate on beef trade has now become seven, after Paraguay and Mato Grosso in Brazil became the latest members. 

Romanian meat processors eye higher sales and exports

Two Romanian meat processors, Marcel and Morandi, are planning to significantly increase their revenues this year, with higher export sales driving improved results, according to senior company representatives. 

Research on chicken movements could be used to combat diseases

A mathematician from Georgia Regents University in the US has analysed how a chicken walks in a bid to help farmers protect their flocks from non-airborne pathogens that can affect...

Denmark to launch new piglet survival campaign

Denmark aims to boost pig industry earnings by implementing a range of measures that it hopes will enable an extra 500,000 piglets to survive annually.

Boars immune to ASF discovered in Latvia

Wild boars in Latvia that have managed to survive the African swine fever (ASF) and develop antibodies against it have been found in Latvia, raising hopes for the development of...

Canada to reopen European beef trade route

Canadians will be able to buy beef from 19 European countries for the first time since 1996, after the Canadian government decided to reopen the trade route which was closed...

MLA launches new livestock assurance scheme

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is launching a new project to improve the livestock export assurance system for the country.

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Farmers welcome Belgian Pork Group

Belgian pork farmers have given their approval to a deal that has seen two of the biggest pig producers in the country join forces.

Demand outstripping supply for UK beef

Demand for UK beef is currently outweighing supply, latest analysis of the UK meat market has shown.

RSPCA discusses slaughtering methods

A poultry processing conference in Canada has heard from a leading animal welfare scientist on the use of carbon monoxide as a slaughtering method.

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Brussels event addresses young farmers’ needs

The needs of young farmers will be the main focus of a conference in Brussels this week.

Workshops set to target EU sheep sector

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced the decision to establish workshops on the future of the EU sheep meat sector. 

Bird flu prompts farmers to consider rendering options

US poultry farmers are considering rendering birds for fertiliser and other inedible products if another outbreak of avian influenza (AI) forces them to take thousands of animals out of the...

Investment interest dips in Polish pig farming

African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in north-east Poland are dissuading investment in pig production, a recent report from BGZ BNP Paribank suggests.