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UK pig prices drop 9% on previous year

A government census has revealed that UK farmgate pig prices are almost 10% lower than they were at this time last year.

Canada’s agriculture minister strengthens relations with India and China

Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has completed "successful" missions to China and India, where mutually beneficial relationships were strengthened and new partnerships were developed.

East Ukraine poultry industry in ruins

Ukrainian poultry companies located in the area where anti-terrorist operations (ATO) are taking place have been plundered and destroyed, according to Alexander Bakumenko, head of the board of directors at...

Conference calls for responsible use of livestock antibiotics

The 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam recently drew to a close, and the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has appealed to those engaged in...

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California farm offers reward over poultry deaths

A Californian farm is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help find the people who bludgeoned over 900 of their chickens to death with a golf club, according...

Pig welfare best practice highlighted at CiWF conference

Examples of pig welfare best practice in China were highlighted at a recent Compassion in World Farming Conference (CiWF) in London.

British veterinary body presents overseas animal welfare award

Dr Delia Grace has been recognised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for her work with animal welfare, animal health and food safety in the developing world.

Lithuania legalises non-stun slaughter

The Lithuanian parliament has passed a bill that legalises slaughter without stunning for halal and kosher meat. Under the plan, the new law is designed to stimulate exports of Lithuanian...

Chinese producers recognised at pig awards

Thirteen Chinese pig producers have been awarded Good Pig Production Awards in recognition of their efforts to improve animal welfare.

Entrants sought for humane slaughter award

Applications are being invited for the 2015 Humane Slaughter Award, which rewards significant advances in the humane slaughter of farmed livestock.

US pork price sees upward trajectory

The price of US pork has increased by 10% since the middle of August this year, according to data from global commodity analyst Mintec.

FAO issues warning over new strain of avian ‘flu

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said a new strain of avian influenza, H5N6, needs to be closely monitored in order to avoid a major threat to...

Concerns raised over Taiwan’s decision to reject US pork

A US ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) voiced concerns about Taiwan’s decision to reject certain US pork imports at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week.

Zimbabwe announces livestock support scheme

The Zimbabwe government recently announced a USD$51.2 million livestock support scheme with the goal of producing 400,000 tonnes of beef per annum by 2018, in line with the country’s economic...

Decline in livestock production forecast for Australia

Australian livestock production is forecast to decrease by 2.1% in 2014-15, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture (ABARES).

Charoen Pokpand Group to boost its investments in Russian division

Thai agricultural conglomerate Charoen Pokpand Group intends to invest US$2bn in increasing its production capacity in Russia between now and 2020, with plans to launch a pig production unit in...

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New president elected at European animal welfare group

Janusz Wojciechowski MEP has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, and will take over the role with immediate...

Estonia moves to halt spread of ASF

Despite preventative measures put in place by Estonia, it was only a matter of time before African swine fever (ASF) spread to the country, GlobalMeatNews has been told.

Future prospects look good for EU pork and beef

EU beef and pork production is expected to increase in 2015, according to the latest Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Brazilian beef production and exports expected to rise

Exports of Brazilian beef are predicted to rise by 10% next year, according to the latest Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

African swine fever discovered in Estonia

The latest outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) to hit the Baltics has been discovered in Estonia.

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Australian beef production sees increase

Beef production increased by 1% in July, to 211,000 tonnes (t), according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Investment in Canadian livestock genetics announced

The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) is to benefit from CA$1.6m-worth of government funding.

Genus announces pig production agreement in China

Global animal genetics company Genus, has entered into a strategic partnership with River Stone Farm (Shandong) Co, in China, in an agreement which will see it become the Group’s first...

Belarus and Kazakhstan to benefit from Russian meat embargo

Belarus and Kazakhstan look set to increase their supplies of meat to Russia, as the recently implemented trade restrictions on imports have created a bigger demand and attractive prices, according...