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.
13-Feb-2014 - European Commission officials are already considering whether to propose additional livestock welfare laws or guidelines, over and above the Commission’s May 2013 proposals for an animal welfare regulation that is now being considered by the European Parliament.
13-Feb-2014 - US fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has announced its decision to start serving antibiotic-free chicken to its customers within the next five years.
12-Feb-2014 - Peter Bradnock, former British Poultry Council (BPC) chief executive, has been named as the policy affairs consultant for the International Poultry Council (IPC).
12-Feb-2014 - The European Union’s (EU) health commissioner has blasted Russia for maintaining a ban on EU pigmeat exports because of two sick Lithuanian wild boars, when weak Russian health controls could have caused these illnesses anyway.
12-Feb-2014 - Despite the decrease in production reported in the majority of meat segments in the Czech Republic last year, local lamb and sheep meat production rose in 2013, according to data released by the state-run Czech Statistical Office (CSU). Production of lamb, up 7% over a year earlier to 127 tonnes (t), and production of sheep meat, with a year-on-year increase of 6.2% to 176t, were the only meat market segments to post positive growth in 2013.
12-Feb-2014 - The European Union (EU) will have to make concessions on meat in its negotiations with the US for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a senior European Commission official warned last night (Tuesday).
11-Feb-2014 - Ethiopia’s large livestock industry is set to undergo a shake-up following a new livestock trading bill, passed on 21 January. The new law, due to be enforced in March, is designed to tighten Ethiopia’s livestock market, increasing its efficiency and value by eliminating middle-men, unregulated animal markets and illegal cross-border trades.
11-Feb-2014 - China’s imports of live cattle appear to have dropped back in 2013, although there has been a surge in cattle for beef breeding and finishing. According to China Customs data, China imported 102,245 cattle (cows, bulls and weanlings) in 2013 – down 26,004 on 2012. The imported animals – the bulk of them Holstein dairy cows – were worth US$26.6m, but 9,370 Angus cattle from Australia and New Zealand appear to be for the beef sector, according to categorisation in the Customs data. A batch of 3,000 Angus, classed as ‘beef cattle’, were imported from Australia in November.
10-Feb-2014 - The largest pork producer in Russia, Miratorg Company, plans to boost production at its plant in Kaliningrad Oblast by 60% to 35,000t over the coming year, the company has announced.
10-Feb-2014 - The global pork industry is being urged to head to Iowa in the US later this year for the annual World Pork Expo.
10-Feb-2014 - Denmark’s ministry of agriculture (MoA) is examining a proposal, supported by the country’s farming, retailing and consumer groups, to abolish VAT on organic products, including meat. The ministry is expected to deliver a decision once Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s centre-left administration completes its budgetary review in April.
07-Feb-2014 - Nearly 18 months since Australian exporters voluntarily suspended sheep exports to Bahrain, Australian Live Exporters’ Council CEO Alison Penfold has told globalmeatnews.com that Australian exporters are keen to resume trading: "Bahrain is a market we value very highly. We are hoping to reinstate it sooner rather than later, and there are efforts under way to do that," said Penfold.
07-Feb-2014 - Lithuania is planning to send a request to Brussels to allocate about €20m towards the fight against African swine fever (ASF), according to a report from the country’s State Food and Veterinary Service.
06-Feb-2014 - Russia’s move to close its borders has led global agri-experts Rabobank to revise their outlook on the EU pork sector.
06-Feb-2014 - China appears to be struggling to meet its ambitious targets for meat production, judging by newly published data for 2013.
05-Feb-2014 - The European Commission has called a Russian “ban” on pork imports “disproportionate”, and has appealed to Russian authorities to end it as soon as possible. Russia stopped a number of exports from European Union (EU) member states when two wild boars were diagnosed with African Swine Fever (ASF) last month in Lithuania.
05-Feb-2014 - Warnings are being raised following the death of a Chinese woman suspected of contracting a new strain of avian influenza.
05-Feb-2014 - The USA continues to face drought and declining cattle herds, according to recent US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, although the industry says ranchers could begin rebuilding herds soon.
05-Feb-2014 - The Hungarian government has earmarked HUF1.6bn (US$7m) for its flagship programme, designed to boost pig breeding and consumption of pork in Hungary this year, said Deputy Minister of Rural Development György Czerván.
04-Feb-2014 - Biosecurity strategies to minimise animal health and food safety risks should consist of carefully considered rules and procedures, said speakers at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
04-Feb-2014 - Early indications suggest that the number of attendees the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was 4,000 below predicted numbers.
04-Feb-2014 - The Russian government is to cut funding for livestock production development for the period up to 2020 by more than 10 times, from RUB65bn (US$1.84bn) to RUB4.6bn (US$0.13bn), according to its press service.
04-Feb-2014 - Welsh meat bosses will be hoping for success in Russia with a trade mission to a major food and drink show in Moscow.
03-Feb-2014 - UK concerns over increasing numbers of Polish imports may be unfounded, industry watchers have said.
03-Feb-2014 - The fast pace of new technology, coupled with the growing dominance of social media is having a significant change on consumer behaviour, delegates to the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta were told.
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