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Worrying outlook for pork in Rabobank’s Q1 report

The global pork market will remain unsteady in the first quarter of 2016 but will pick up pace in the second quarter, according to Rabobank’s Global Pork Quarterly report.

Australia’s #GoodMeat campaign returns

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has kick-started its popular #GoodMeat social media campaign to educate consumers on traceability, biodiversity, animal welfare and climate change.

Over 2,000 sheep hit with bluetongue virus in Georgia

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that five isolated outbreaks of bluetongue have been detected in Georgia.

EU beef market ‘fragile’

Europe’s farming body Copa and Cogeca has urged the EU Commission not to progress with bilateral free trade talks, saying they could have a “catastrophic” effect on the beef sector....

Largest halal beef farm to be built in Kazakhstan

Dubai-based company AMK Metal Fzco is to construct a livestock farm for 20,000 head of cattle and a meat processing plant for the production of 5,000 tonnes (t) of high-quality...

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

Russia bans Ukraine pork imports following ASF outbreak

Russia has officially banned imports of pork and live pigs from Ukraine, following the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the country’s Poltava Oblast.

Dunbia sends first pork exports to India

Northern Ireland meat processor Dunbia has exported its first load of pork to India, following a trade agreement reached in 2015.

Text PorkCrisis for breaking pig news

The National Pork Board has launched Pork Crisis Alerts, a text service that delivers breaking virus outbreak and industry-wide emergency news to pork producers in the US.

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China eyes Ireland’s beef exports

China is among a host of countries planning a visit to inspect Ireland’s meat processing plants in 2016, with a view to boosting exports of a range of products, including...

Miratorg spends millions on drones and hunters

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg’s giant beef complex is to start using unmanned aircraft (drones) and has hired several brigades of hunters to protect crops and livestock, according to a statement...

One million cows to have genetic code recorded

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has contracted DNA laboratory Weatherbys and Eurofins Genomics to genotyping over one million cows by 2017.

South African bodies lock horns on US poultry

South Africa’s Poultry Association (SAPA) has said it will not lower poultry testing standards to accommodate US imports, after an industry body criticised it for “stubborn protectionism” over the country’s...

Canadian beef exports resume in South Korea

South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian beef after fears of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case, which led to a temporary embargo on cattle produce, subsided.

Production of Danish pig genes to double

A new collaboration of Danish pig producers plans to double the country’s exports of pork breeding stock and semen. 

Vietnam raises bird flu alert as dangerous strain detected

Panic-stricken Vietnam has raised the bird flu alarm as two strains of avian influenza infect people in China. 

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WTO scraps subsidies on meat exports

Meat exporting countries worldwide will be scrapping export subsidies after a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Nairobi agreed on Friday 18 December to phase out distortive trade sweeteners.

France faces ‘unprecedented’ bird flu crisis

Bird flu in France has reached “crisis” stage, according to the French government, after the total number of bird flu cases hit 30 this week. 

Poland’s Konspol plans €46m meat processing investment

Polish poultry meat processor Konspol is planning to invest up to PLN200 million (€46m) with the aim of significantly increasing its meat processing capacity and financing acquisitions of competitors in...

Australia not sheepish about ‘industry’s growing value’

Australian sheepmeat has been buoyed by the “shrinking” competition of New Zealand’s flock and – despite a dip in slaughtered lambs – is predicated to be stronger in 2016. 

Indian poultry producers struggle with low prices and rising costs

Southern India’s key poultry hub in the state of Telangana is struggling to deal with a 50% rise in chicken feed prices within the past year because of drought conditions...

Russia sees sharp drop in poultry exports to Asia

Russia has seen a 22% fall in poultry exports in the first 11 months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014.

Cogent Breeding agrees deal with AI Total for UK distribution

Cogent Breeding has signed an exclusive distribution deal with AI Total – an up-and-coming genetics company working within the UK livestock sector. 

Russia completes kosher poultry deal with Israel

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has officially approved exports of products from Israel’s poultry farms to Russia after four years of negotiations.

France hit by first bird flu outbreak in eight years

Agriculture ministers in France are on high alert after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu strain was discovered on a family-run farm in Dordogne. 

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