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Peru approves US beef imports

The US trade mission to South America has kicked off positively after politicians successfully negotiated the removal of Peruvian trade barriers on US beef.

US in trade visit to TPP members Chile and Peru

Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has led a trade mission of business delegates, including meat officials, to Chile and Peru with a view to...

Canadian government invests in beef industry

The Canadian government is to provide funding support to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), which wants to invest in three projects to bolster new and existing markets domestically and abroad....

Q&A with AHDB Pork analyst

Global pork prices are at their lowest levels in nearly eight years, according to a report from the UK levy board AHDB Pork. 

Ministers deliver animal welfare verdict on antibiotics

MEPs have voted to adopt an EU regulation harmonising animal welfare rules, with a key goal of toughening up the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Tough year for US pork ends on a high

Despite struggling for most of the year, exports of US pork ended a testing year on a good note trade growing by 3% in December, according to Pork Checkoff. 

EU silent on Brazil horsemeat ban

The EU has remained silent on whether it will ban Brazilian exports of horsemeat destined for Europe, following evidence of animal abuse in the supply chain. 

US pork industry ready for antibiotic change

A survey on the attitudes held by US pork producers on impending regulatory changes to antibiotic use in intensive farming reveals the sector is ready for change.

EU urged to ban Brazilian horsemeat

The EU has been urged to stop imports of Brazilian horsemeat after one body raised “serious concerns” over animal welfare abuse, following evidence that horses died while being transported to...

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Tail-biting in pigs addressed in Finland

Finnish pig producers have been called on to provide more data regarding tail-biting in their animals. 

Germany’s Tönnies to invest €300m in Serbia’s pig industry

German meat processor Tönnies is to sign a new agreement with the Serbian government this June, sealing a €300m investment in the country’s pig breeding and meat processing sectors....

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South Africa’s drought depletes livestock count

South Africa’s livestock numbers are feeling the effects of the country’s most severe drought in over a century. 

Kyrgyzstan poultry farms on the verge of extinction

Common customs space with Russia and Kazakhstan has almost killed off poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the chairman of the country’s Union of Poultry Farmers, Rustam...

Animal disease law formally approved by European Parliament agriculture committee

The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee has backed proposed measures to prevent and stop outbreaks of animal diseases, including avian flu and African swine fever. 

Spain offsets Europe’s pig herd decline

A report on the performance of European pork reveals, as experts predicted, the pig breeding herd declined during 2015, as low demand and even lower prices hit meat producers hard.

ASF-resistant pigs identified in historic study

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

Bird flu epidemic devastates Nigeria

Nigeria is grappling with a damaging bird flu epidemic that has caused the deaths of 90,000 chickens in less than a month. 

Mexico eyes organic stock trading through bilateral agreement

The European Commission has confirmed it has entered into negotiations with Mexico over a bilateral agreement on the trade of organic produce, which may include meat. 

Russia creates pork hub to target China

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million...

EU urged to open pork trade with Russia

The EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has urged farm ministers to open trade talks with Russia – once a key market for pork – as the beleaguered industry continues to struggle...

Antimicrobial resistance fear grows

Research has found that bacteria in humans, food and animals continue to show resistance to the most widely used antimicrobials, leading to concerns in the European food industry. 

Significant drop in pig population forecast for Estonia

Pig farming in Estonia is facing tough challenges, due to African swine fever (ASF), irrational moves by the country’s veterinary authorities and a negative market outlook, according to market participants....

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Ireland woos Spanish cattle heads

The Irish ambassador to Spain, David Cooney, has hosted a joint dinner with the Irish food body Bord Bía to promote exports of Irish cattle to Spain.

Japan lifts ban on Danish beef imports

Japan has ended its 15-year ban on the imports of Danish beef after long-running mad cow disease fears were addressed by European politicians.

Steve Hanson elected as US Beef Councils chief

Nebraskan cattle producer Steve Hanson has been elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) trade...

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