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H5N2 outbreak in US commercial turkey flock

An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza has been discovered in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, Minnesota, USA.

Maharashtra beef processors upset over new oxen and bull slaughter ban

Beef traders in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, are in a desperate situation as the state government has started to implement a newly-approved law that bans the...

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Australian pork researcher wins top science and innovation award

The Australian Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was won by Queensland pork researcher Tracey Muller.

Ukraine sees growth in poultry production despite political turmoil

Production, exports, and consumption of poultry in Ukraine grew during 2014, according to the latest report from the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).

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Entry call put out for European welfare awards

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has put out a call for food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice businesses across Europe to enter its Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

Maharashtra bans sale or possession of beef

The sale or possession of beef in Maharashtra, India could now carry a jail sentence, after a government Bill banning the practice was finally given presidential assent.

Swedish supermarkets threaten ban against Danish pork

Swedish supermarkets, led by major chain the ICA Group, are threatening to suspend imports of Danish pork following reports by animal rights organisations complaining about the culling of up to...

Canadian farm in BSE cattle link

The recent discovery of a cow infected with BSE, in Alberta, Canada, has been linked to a previous case detected in 2010.

Positive predictions for EU meat sector despite Russian impact

Prospects for the European meat sector remain strong, despite the continued impact of the Russian ban, according to the latest USDA report.

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H5N8 outbreak in Hungarian ducks

A further outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in fattening ducks, in Hungary.

Live exports from Australia to Vietnam skyrocket, but supply chain doubts remain

A boom in Australian live cattle exports to Vietnam looks set to continue this year, thanks to favourable currency conditions, the depletion of the Vietnamese herd by exports to neighbouring...

Bangladesh poultry producers aim to create major export sales

Industry leaders, researchers and scientists wound up a three-day international poultry show and seminar in Dhaka on Saturday (21 February), vowing to improve food safety to help create a substantial...

MEPs reject the sale of cloned animal products in the EU

Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) committees on agriculture and environment and food safety have demonstrated their continued strong opposition to the use of cloning for farm animals or for...

Banks impeding growth in Danish organic meat sector

Tighter lending positions being taken by banks in Denmark towards the country’s agri-industry is restricting herd and production-related investments by the country’s organic meat sector.

EFSA delivers inconclusive scientific opinion on stunning

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been unable to undertake a full assessment of the animal welfare implications of stunning small ruminants, due to unsatisfactory case studies.

Norwegian company to launch pig farm in Russia

Norwegian-based company Russian Baltic Pork Invest (RBPI) will open a large pig farm in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, with a major investment in biosecurity at the new facility, according to...

Piglet deaths prompt Sweden to trial new pig gestation methods

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilised during...

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BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

Meat companies benchmarked in global animal welfare table

The likes of Cranswick, Tyson Foods and Vion feature relatively high up the rankings in the annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report.

Danish pig slaughtering declines in 2014

Denmark slaughtered around 250,000 fewer pigs in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new data from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC/Landbrug & Fødevarer) based on figures supplied by...

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Pig prices fall in China

Increased supply and government initiatives to stabilise the pork market in China have seen pig prices fall 7% in a year.

Livestock associated MRSA detected in GB piglets

The discovery of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in piglets in eastern England has been attributed to the bacteria being a “successful” species, rather than through overuse of antimicrobials.

JBS to invest in Utah site

A $75m investment programme has been announced by JBS USA for its Hyrum beef processing facility in Utah. 

FMD reactions tested with simulated exercises

Simulation exercises have recently been carried out in the Balkans, to see how countries would cope with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Chile makes first export of live heifers to China

Chile has exported more than 7,000 heifers to China in its first major export of live cattle, which has just arrived at its destination, and the government hopes this might...