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Livestock are the building blocks of the meat industry, and with world production numbers declining overall, the issue is starting to take centre stage on a global level.

Dutch food safety authority declare pigs free of furazolidone

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has confirmed that no traces of banned antibiotic furazolidone have been found in pigs in the Netherlands.

Miratorg expands investment in its latest beef project

Russian meat giant Miratorg will put an additional RUB1.4bn (US$47m) of government subsidies towards a project to produce high-quality beef in the country’s Bryansk Oblast region.

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USDA announces assistance for sheep industry

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has detailed two new programs designed to help the sheep industry with the production and marketing of their products in...

Cargill announces Milwaukee plant closure due to cattle shortage

Up to 600 jobs are at risk at Cargill’s beef harvest facility in Milwaukee, after the firm revealed it will shut down the site as of close of business on...

New alliance formed for tropical livestock farming

Scotland and Africa have come together to work on the challenges faced by farmers of livestock in tropical developing countries.

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Canadian chicken research enjoys funding boost

An investment of up to CD$275,000 is to be awarded to the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, Canada, to undertake a research project on disease control in its broiler industry.

LA-MRSA discovered in piglet in Northern Ireland

News has emerged from Northern Ireland that a piglet has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is the first case of its kind in the country.

Pork prices set to stay high, thanks to PEDv, claims Rabobank

The latest Rabobank report on the global pork market has suggested pork prices will remain high in Q4, due to the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), entering some countries into...

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Free-range poultry farmer to tour Europe on labelling campaign

The daughter of a free-range broiler farmer from Devon, England, is to embark on a 39-day tour of the European Union, calling for clear, mandatory method-of-production labelling on poultry meat.

Ukraine meat industry airs concerns on gas supply

Ukrainian meat producers, particularly poultry firms, are urgently looking for an alternative to the supply of Russian natural gas, according to the Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine (UPBU). However,...

African Swine Fever enters Polish pig herd

A case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been recorded in the Polish pig herd for the first time, authorities have confirmed.

Norway acts against MRSA infection on pig farm

Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has ordered the destruction of a pig-herd in Vestre Toten, in western Norway, following the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) in...

US beef industry lambasts environment link study

US beef bosses have branded a study, which claims beef production was around 10 times more harmful to the environment than other protein productions, as a “gross over-simplification”.

No end in sight for China’s cattle shortage

On the face of it, things are looking rather rosy for beef in China. Growth is dynamic – at least within the context of fresh food – driven by consumer...

Guidance developed for atypical BSE

A laboratory protocol for studying unusual ‘atypical’ cases of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) has been developed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Documentary attacks meat’s environmental impact

A new documentary has been launched this month that claims to expose the meat industry’s environmental destruction and the lack of a challenge from green groups.

Australian meat sector fights back against veggie campaigns

Australian meat bosses are fighting back against the Paul McCartney-backed Meat Free Monday campaign by investing in research and consumer education.

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Africa – the four pillars of growth

If you were to think about the global meat sector, Africa is not often seen in the same light as China, other parts of Asia and Latin America, but this...

Cargill promotes absence of growth-promoting antibiotics in its turkeys

Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands have now removed growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys produced at the network of independent farms it works with, in what the...

African swine fever threatens entire Russian pig industry

Outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) at the Velikoluksky meat processing plant in Pskov Oblast are threatening to become the largest registered in Russia this year.

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Humane Slaughter Association reveals award-winner

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has named Doctor Bert Lambooij DVM, of the Animal Science Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, as the winner of its 2014 award.

Increasing price forecast for Australian cattle, thanks to beef demand

Despite a looming shortage of cattle, robust global demand for beef has put a positive spin on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2014 mid-year cattle projections.

Global poultry production set to leap forward, say experts

Worldwide poultry production will surge ahead in the next nine years, accounting for 28.3 million tonnes (mt) of the additional 57.7mt annual meat production projected from 2011-13 to 2023, according...

North Korean drought could lead to problems in the meat industry

The most severe drought since 1982 in North Korea threatens to bring about the collapse of its meat industry, as well as the start of a large-scale hunger problem among...

New Zealand red meat genetics sector takes a step forward

Genetic investment and its uptake have the potential to add NZ$845m to the New Zealand sheep and beef sector over the next 20 years, according to Beef + Lamb New...