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Farmers kill thousands of pigs in disease-hit Latvia

Latvia has culled more pigs in the past two weeks than in the last three years, due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks. 

Australian pig body boasts of income-driving product range

The Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) has claimed that products and technologies in its development pipeline will drive revenue and productivity gains for producers.

Deaths rise in China after ‘worst’ bird flu outbreak

As many as 79 people died in China from the H7N9 avian influenza strain last month, raising fears the outbreak could lead to an influenza pandemic, the Chinese government has...

Chicken, pig software business bought

US poultry and swine production software firm MTech has been snapped up by Sweden’s Munters Group, a global leader in energy-efficient air treatment and climate solutions.

War and smuggling hit Libyan sheep sales

Civil war, currency instability and smuggling are hitting the Libya's sheep market and stocks of the key Libyan Barbary Sheep breed are decreasing.

Belgium reports first bird flu outbreak in seven years

Europe’s struggle with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI) has seen the disease breach Belgium, a country free from bird flu outbreaks for seven years.

Hungary orders poultry indoors amid bird flu concern

Hungary’s chief veterinarian Lajos Bognar has ordered the nation’s poultry industry to keep birds indoors as the country grapples with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI).

US pork sector praises Trump after UK trade talk

US President Donald Trump has found little praise of late, but the US pork industry has applauded its commander-in-chief for his bombastic pursuit of a UK trade deal.

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North American Meat Institute awards meat industry leaders

Smithfield Foods gained significant recognition for its environmental achievements at the North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI’s) 2017 annual awards luncheon.

MEPs hop into action on rabbit farming welfare

Member States of the European Union are encouraging rabbit farmers to phase out conventional battery cages. 

Ireland reports atypical case of mad cow disease

The Republic of Ireland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – colloquially known as mad cow disease – in an 18-year-old cow.

African swine fever sparks emergency in Latvia

The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has declared an “emergency situation” in three regions of the country following outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Industry welcomes US decision to lift embargo on French beef

The United States authorities have lifted an embargo on French beef imports after 19 years, the French Agriculture Ministry has said, and European meat producers are delighted. 

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US meat industry welcomes UK exporters

Meat exporters from the United Kingdom arrived in the US last week to receive training on how to meet beef and lamb import requirements. 

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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Australia goat prices move from ‘strength-to-strength’

A relatively good balance between the Australian and US dollar during 2016 fended off a price pinch for goat meat exporters hit with trade decline.

Ireland's booming food exports defy Brexit fear

The value of Irish food and drink exports last year exceeded a staggering €11bn for the first time in the country’s history – and meat had a big part to...

Ukraine faces rising threat from poultry and pig diseases

Ukraine faces a rising threat from highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), as the disease spread to two new regions in the past week, while African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue...

US livestock sector raises policy demands for Trump

American beef and sheep associations issue policy demands they want President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to address within the first 100 days of office.

Smithfield ‘proud’ as sows move to group housing

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has increased the number of pregnant sows living in group housing year-on-year as part of a long-term commitment to improving animal welfare.

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Indian pork industry benefits from UK pig semen

The Indian and British livestock sectors have strengthened relations after pig semen from UK animals was shipped to India for the first time.

Jamaican police warn of rising livestock theft

With meat sales buoyed by Christmas, the Jamaican Constabulary Force has warned the country has been hit with “a large spike” in livestock theft.

Japanese drones lift off to track livestock

A drone designed to make life easier for livestock farmers has been launched in Japan, with developers eyeing global sales in the future. 

Australia welcomes major Vietnamese beef investment

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed the first large-scale Vietnamese agricultural investment in the country – the purchase of an AU$18 million ($13.6m) cattle station by An Vien Pastoral...