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South African producers to benefit from producing higher-welfare meat

Small South African farming operations engaged in crate-free pork production are to receive support from major retailer Pick ’n Pay and the Humane Society International (HSI).

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UK sees further bird flu outbreak

A low pathogenic form of avian influenza has been discovered in chickens at a farm in Hampshire, UK.

Preventative drug removal in pork sector increases carbon footprint, argues expert

The removal of anti-microbial preventative drug use in US pork production leads to a significant increase in carbon footprint, a leading expert has claimed.

Cargill achieves early goal for group housing

Group housing for sows can now be found at all of Cargill’s company-owned farms, after the firm hit its conversion goal 11 months early.

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Food industry needs better consumer communication, says expert

Words "have consequences" and the food industry needs to improve its communication with consumers to increase understanding of modern production, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told....

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Norwegian BSE case confirmed

Reports regarding a possible Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case in a 15-year cow in Norway have been confirmed positive, with a report submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health...

Questions raised over US antibiotic investment

The Obama Administration’s proposed $1.2bn investment in combating antibiotic resistant bacteria has come under fire from the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) for failing to adequately address antibiotic misuse in...

Learn lessons from PEDv, urges US expert

The US pork industry cannot afford to relive the pork epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) again, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told.

Australian cattle industry expecting tight supply ahead

Two years of record cattle turn-off and live exports are likely to bring significant contraction in the market this year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2015 cattle industry...

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2015 World Pork Expo set for June

Members of the world pork industry are invited to the 2015 World Pork Expo at Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, USA on 3-5 June.

Pasture-fed animals may produce healthier meat, says new report

Pasture-fed animals may produce meat that has enhanced health benefits according to a new research, published by the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists.

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Bird flu found in US commercial poultry flock

The highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in a commercial turkey flock in the US state of California.

Australian cattle association welcomes welfare progress

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has welcomed the positive improvement in animal welfare as recorded in the latest government report into the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

Mexico restricts beta-agonists in bid to reopen Russian market

Mexico has fulfilled demands from Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor and refrained from using beta-agonists in its meat production, in the hope that it could lead to the reopening of the...

Possible case of BSE in Norwegian cow

A possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been detected in Norway, the country’s Food and Safety Authority has confirmed.

Cargill completes sale of Texas feed yard

Cargill Cattle Feeders completed the sale of its Lockney, Texas feed yard to Lofton Trust on 8 January.

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IPPE to host pork seminar

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a half-day Pork Tech Theatre seminar at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia on 28 January.

South Korea confirms full traceability for its pork

Pork in the Republic of Korea is now fully traceable throughout the entire supply chain, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).

EU funding awarded for infectious diseases project

An EU project designed to speed up the detection and response times for human and animal disease outbreaks has been awarded more than €20 million.

South Africa hopes to regain export access for game and beef

South Africa is working to resume exports of game to the EU and beef exports to the Middle East, following a four-year ban.

Ukraine cuts direct support for livestock industry in 2015

There will be no program of livestock industry support in Ukraine this year, according to the ‘State Budget of Ukraine for 2015’, published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada...

Lambs suffer breathing problems in intensive rearing says EFSA

Respiratory disorders are a common welfare problem for lambs in intensive rearing systems, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said, while ewes in extensive farming can often go hungry.

Brazil sees beef price hike towards end of 2014

A fall in production and increased demand led to an increase in the price of Brazilian beef at the back end of last year, according to Mintec.

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Humane Slaughter Association funds Liberia project

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has funded a six-month project in Liberia to help improve the treatment of animals.

China bans all US poultry over bird flu scare

China has reacted to the recent avian influenza outbreaks with a blanket ban on all US poultry and egg products.