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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.

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.

News in brief

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...

EU meat production starts to grow - but exports may tumble, says Brussels report

European Union (EU) meat production is projected to start growing in 2014, according to the European Commission, as Europe’s economic recovery solidifies. This could be up 0.7% year-on-year for beef,...

EFSA says existing chicken stunning systems may not work

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) study has warned that existing chicken stunning equipment may not be sufficiently strong to protect birds from suffering when they are slaughtered, and has...

Switzerland calls ban on certain live pig imports

Switzerland has announced a ban on live pig and pork product imports from Bulgaria, Romania and certain parts of Latvia and Croatia.  

Ukraine seeks to reform livestock industry with new bill

Ukraine’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a system of mandatory identification and registration for all livestock animals that are kept on farms, regardless of ownership.

Meat parasites have biggest impact on health, finds report

According to a report into food-borne parasites by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), diseases caused by parasites in meat have the greatest impact...

Falling prices and poor relationships hurt Irish beef industry

Ireland’s beef sector is facing tough times – slim profits and poor prices are hurting farmers, industry experts say.

State of emergency declared in Latvia after African swine fever outbreak

Latvia became the third EU state to report instances of African swine fever (ASF) after 13 wild boar and four farmed pigs tested positive for the disease.

US meat body hosts sustainability awareness in South Korea

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has reported progress in animal welfare and sustainability awareness in South Korea.

Sheep genome breakthrough could lead to better breeding

Techniques and technology in sheep production could take a major step forward after scientists announced they had completed the first sequencing of the complete sheep genome.

Global beef market prices forecast to strengthen

The global beef market is set to regain its positive momentum in the third quarter of the year once the current high supply has worked its way through the system,...

Kazakhstan seeks to transform beef export industry

Kazakhstan’s promising beef industry is trying to create its own breeder herds, with a plan to import as many as 10,000 Angus and Hereford cows from the US and Australia,...

Austrian firm plans Serbian meat company purchase

Austria’s Gerlinger is planning to acquire insolvent Serbian meat processor Mitros.

Sweden pushes for unity on EU antibiotics reforms

The Swedish government has expanded the scope and ambition of its domestic animal care farm improvement scheme to include creating a "partnership of like-minded European states", willing to back Sweden’s...

Fraudsters profit from high sheep meat prices in China

The high prices of mutton and sheep meat in the Chinese market are attracting fraudsters, with everything from dog and rat being substituted onto unsuspecting consumers.

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