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NZ: 1,000 animals unfit to travel slaughtered annually

A thousand animals unfit to travel are sent to slaughter annually in New Zealand (NZ), the country’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has told this site.

Dutch poultry hatching firm plots move in Russia

Netherlands-based Hendrix Genetics plans to build a complex producing hatching eggs for turkeys in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. 

App launched to stop the transport of weak animals

A mobile app to help farmers determine if an animal is fit for transport has been launched, after New Zealand’s government admitted unfit animals have arrived at abattoirs.

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers...

Lamb prices cause dissension between MII and sheep farmers

A war of words has broken out between Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) over the price of lamb in supermarkets.

Wellard appoints new exec to charm China

One of Australia’s largest livestock exporters, Wellard Limited, has appointed Chinese businessman Kanda Lu as executive director in a push to expand in China’s cattle market.

Canadian pig farmers address US restriction imbalance

Pig farmers from Canada have spoken to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the export challenges facing the sector.

Industry ‘must’ cut antibiotics, says poultry council

International chicken business leaders have agreed a united stance on antibiotic use, claiming industry must reduce antimicrobials that pose the “greatest global risk”.

Danish Crown offers more cash for pigs

Danish Crown will pay extra money per kilogram of pork delivered to its abattoirs as the meat processor aims to reverse a supply decline that could hit jobs.

US beef producer sells cattle farms to raise investment capital

Cargill will sell its two remaining cattle feedlots to Omaha-based Green Plains, as the US meat producer exits the cattle feeding business.

Perdue confirmed as US agriculture secretary

America’s meat trade has reacted warmly to news that Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has finally been confirmed by the US senate. 

Vaccination tackles lumpy skin disease in SE Europe

Mass vaccination of cattle succeeded in containing lumpy skin disease in south-eastern Europe in 2015-16, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Russian meat giant plans huge lamb farming hub

Agricultural holding Miratorg plans to construct a 30,000-strong sheep farm in Russia, and wants to build 10 more in the same region, creating one of the world’s largest lamb clusters.

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Austin to pay people to house chickens in waste initiative

Austin, the capital city of the US state Texas, will start paying the public to keep a chicken coop as government officials look to innovative methods to meet ambitious food...

Russia battles diverse livestock diseases

Russia is facing numerous biosecurity problems, as African swine fever (ASF) challenges the pig industry, poultry farmers battle bird flu, the first outbreaks of nodular dermatitis hit cattle farmers, and...

Low sheep supply to spark record Australian prices

Tight livestock supplies will see Australia process 2.7 million fewer sheep and lambs this year, which may lead to record prices for the industry.

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Asian meat giant invests millions in Philippine farms

Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPF Philippines), a subsidiary of Thai food giant CPF, has invested 10 million pesos to bolster agriculture in the country.

Canada’s pig herd continues to grow

The number of pigs in Canada’s herd has continued to rise for the fourth consecutive year, according to the government-owned Statistics Canada.

China to employ European animal welfare standards

Britain’s animal welfare standards will act as a guideline for procedures in China, with the help of a new grant. 

UAE ban for Croatian poultry as bird flu hits country

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned a number of live bird and poultry product imports from Croatia, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. ...

Livestock exporter seeks shareholder help after ‘difficult trading’

Financially-troubled livestock exporter Wellard Limited has written to shareholders seeking to raise AU$52m as the embattled Australian company faces “difficult trading conditions”.

New Zealand: Animal welfare body airs ‘concerns’

Concerns over selective breeding practices in New Zealand’s commercial pork and poultry farms have been raised in a report from the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

Australia’s pork farmers face faeces ‘issue’

Free-range pig farmers in Australia face an emerging issue of pig feed becoming contaminated by duck muck, according to a livestock veterinarian.

Bird flu reaches fourth US state

The US state of Georgia reported its first-ever outbreak of bird flu this week, bringing the total number of US states affected by the disease this month to four.

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