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China's cooling growth to drag pork production down

As China’s economy drops down to single-digit growth, the global production of pork is expected to decline in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Russia's pork imports rise amid low global prices

Despite strong government measures towards establishing an import substitution program, Russia imported 39,000 tonnes (t) of pork in the first quarter of 2016. 

Ukraine hits pork production problems

Ukraine's pork production costs have spiked by nearly 28%, from UAH15 (US$0.58) to UAH19 (US$0.73) per kilogramme over the past two years, while pork prices are under significant pressure, according to...

Outlook for EU pork trade resumption with Russia not ‘positive’

In an address to the European Parliament on Tuesday 12 April, European agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said the response from Russia to reignite pork trade dialogue had “not been very positive”.

Australia exports sheep to China in genetics breeding program

Australia has flown 1,400 specially-reared Suffolk sheep to China as part of a breeding program geared up to stimulate the genetic development of China’s growing livestock.

Veterinary drug rules must boost innovation, says IFAH-Europe

New EU legislation on veterinary medicines must increase innovation in the meat and livestock sector, Roxane Feller, secretary general of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH-Europe), told GlobalMeatNews. ...

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Bryansk Meat Company investment creates 400 jobs

Bryansk Meat Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s agribusiness holding Miratorg, has confirmed plans to pump billions into the growth of its beef livestock by building farms and creating jobs.

Mexico’s nascent organic meat sector could be lifted by EU deal

The EU and Mexico have launched talks to deepen their trading relationship by negotiating a bilateral trade agreement on organic products. Such a deal could give a much needed shot-in-the-arm...

Brexit would put Irish meat exporters under pressure

Meat experts have warned that a possible British exit from the European Union (EU) could pose a significant threat to the industry in Ireland, should a Brexit restrict trades across...

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European Food Safety Authority launches food risk grant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for grant proposals to develop new methods designed to explore emerging food risks, mycotoxin mixtures and animal diseases.

France extends bluetongue virus restriction zone

France has increased restriction zones across large swathes of territory as the country struggles to contain the midge-borne disease bluetongue, which has swept through its beef and sheep livestock.

MHP set to boost production and improve poultry welfare

Ukraine poultry processor MHP has set a number of ambitious goals for 2016, including an increase in production capacity at its Ukraine facilities.

BSE-infected cow dies in France

A cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has died in France, making it the third detected case of the fatal virus in Europe since 2015, according to the French government.

US cattle industry looks to the future with new board appointment

America’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has welcomed Kendal Frazier as its new chief executive officer. 

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Ukraine hit with African swine fever

A farm in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine has had to slaughter more than a dozen pigs after the African swine fever (ASF) disease was detected by health officials this...

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. 

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