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Estonia sees sharp fall in pig industry performance

Estonian pig farmers face serious problems amid continuing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) and an oversupply crisis in Europe’s pork market. 

UN adopts ‘groundbreaking’ animal welfare policies

The United Nations has adopted what one NGO described as “groundbreaking” policy recommendations, placing animal welfare concerns at the heart of global farming.

Australian livestock exporters back trade suspension

Australian livestock exporters have voiced support for temporary suspensions on Malaysian importers that failed to meet animal welfare standards during the country’s Korban festival in September.

Canada invests in Scrapie eradication

The Canadian government has invested CA$345,720 in the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) to implement the Scrapie Eradication Strategic Plan for the sheep and goat industries. 

MHP to expand poultry facilities in Ukraine and the Netherlands

Ukrainian agricultural holding company MHP plans to invest up to US$500 million in the construction of the second stage of its Vinitsia Poultry Farm in the next few years and...

Pressure on EU to bolster sheep farmers’ incomes

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has called for strong measures, including improved CAP payments and efforts to fight unfair trading practices, to increase profits in the sheep meat sector.

New Livestock Exporters chief named

Long-serving beef stalwart David Warriner has been appointed the new chairman of the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters’ Association (NTLEA).

Denmark’s Premium Porc to invest €35m in Romanian pig farms

Danish pig breeder Premium Porc will invest €35 million to expand two Romanian pig farms, located in Brăila and Sibiu, and increase slaughter capacity.

America’s number one pig farmer named

South Dakota-based pork producer Brad Greenway has been crowned America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, for his efforts to put a face on modern pigmeat production.

Huge livestock carrier gains export approval

A ship owned by livestock exporter Wellard, capable of transporting 75,000 sheep, has been granted a certificate to start shipping live animals from Australia.

Bird flu will ‘continue’ in Vietnam, expert warns

After a deadly outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N1 rocked Vietnam’s southern meat-producing hub, experts have warned the country will continue to suffer from the virus....

China issues disease warning to Australia

A stern warning over disease control has come from an inspection boss at one of the largest ports on China’s east coast, which is ramping up preparations for importing live...

KFC welfare standards slammed in report

For the fourth year in row, Yum Brands ranked second lowest in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), a performance that World Animal Protection slammed as “unacceptable”.

Vietnam hit with bird flu outbreak

Hundreds of chickens have been culled in backyard poultry farms in Vietnam following the outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain.

Hungarian poultry processor eyes €2.9m investment

Hungarian poultry processor Master Good Kft has completed a HUF878 million (€2.85m) investment at its Kisvárda and Petneháza chicken plants with plans to invest a further HUF9bn (€29m) to expand...

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.