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OIE publishes new guide to animal health surveillance

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has published a new guide to ‘Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance’.

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in Germany

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in Germany, with more than 30,000 birds reportedly susceptible to the disease.

Danish pig farmers start testing their own herds as MRSA risk grows

More Danish pig farmers are testing their own herds after an analysis of pig herd screening tests, ordered by the ministry of food, agriculture and fisheries, found that swine-related ‘methicillin-resistant...

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Larger finishing units offer better return, Danish pig producers told

Producing finishers in larger units has been found to offer a number of benefits, according to recent research undertaken by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

US cattle industry optimistic about herd size

Optimism about the prospects for the expansion of US cattle herds is high, according to cattle and beef member organisation CattleFax.

US pork production set to rise in 2015

American pig meat analysts have confirmed to GlobalMeatNews that the recovery in US pork production will be sustained, with the pig meat industry recovering strongly from the porcine epidemic diarrhoea...

ASF hinders exports of Ukraine pork to the EU

Sporadic outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in Ukraine are blocking the possibility of launching pork exports to the European Union (EU), said Vitaly Bashinsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s state...

Belarus faces sharp drop in pork production and exports

Belarus is experiencing a pork production crisis, due to a fall in profitability for existing farms and the continuing spread of African swine fever (ASF), which has affected the production...

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OIE notified of multiple bird flu outbreaks in China

Several new highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks have been reported in China this month, including the reoccurrence of H5N1.

Denmark plans to halve antibiotic use in pigs

The Danish Pig Research Centre is looking to halve the use of antibiotic tetracycline in pigs by the end of 2015, through a new action plan.

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Animal Welfare Institute questions US cattle handling

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been sent a written appeal by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) requesting that it revises the association’s guidelines for the handling of cattle...

Pork disease impact lower than expected, says USMEF

The impact of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) on the US pork sector has not been as great as feared, US meat leaders have said.

Qatar and Honduras give green light to Canadian meat imports

Canadian beef and livestock producers are set to benefit from the opening of two new export markets, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and trade minister Ed Fast announced today.

WTO panel finds US COOL rule violates TBT Agreement

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) compliance panel has found that the US’ amended country of origin labelling (COOL) measures violate part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

Brazil looks to ramp up beef production as global demand hots up

Brazil is planning to "step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector", according to agricultural analyst Rabobank.

ADB to help south Asia slow spread of livestock diseases

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to work with the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to help south Asian nations slow the spread of livestock diseases.

WTO finds in favour of US in India trade dispute

The United States has won its World Trade Organisation (WTO) case against India, regarding the restriction of various agricultural exports, including poultry.

Bluetongue disease halts Romania’s live cattle, sheep exports to EU

The Romanian government has decided to halt exports of live cattle and sheep to the EU following the outbreak of bluetongue disease in a number of the country’s counties.

After-effects of PEDv and export bans see pork market cool

It will be a disappointing year for the EU pork industry, according to the latest quarterly report from Rabobank.

Russian pork production expected to grow in 2015

Production of pork in Russia is forecast to increase by close to 6.5% next year, to 2.83 million metric tonnes (mmt), according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

Senior Zimbabwe meat industry figures call for cost reductions to aid exports

The Zimbabwean government has been urged by a major domestic meat processor to take steps that will make local meat more price-competitive and attractive to external markets as it prepares...

Denmark sees reduction in ESBL bacteria in domestic poultry meat

The occurrence of resistant ESBL bacteria in Danish broiler meat has decreased from 36% in 2012, to 25% in 2013.

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Livestock traceability on the agenda for Canada

Canadian Agri Traceability Services is to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service, following a CA$7.5m investment from the government.

China approves veterinary bird flu vaccine

China has approved a newly developed inactivated vaccine for poultry against a strain of the H7N9 avian influenza - PR8.

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US invests in sheep industry

A $1.5 million grant has been awarded to the US’ National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, through the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program.