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Further job fears for the Australian lamb industry

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) has warned that there may be further cutbacks in the Australian lamb industry.

Nepal meat industry devastated by earthquake

Authorities in the earthquake-stricken Kathmandu have banned the sale of meat and the slaughtering of livestock, including poultry, across the Nepali capital, because of concerns about disease. Meat traders in...

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Four more avian influenza cases found in Iowa

In the US, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has identified four more probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms.

Polish veterinary experts consider news measures in ASF fight

New measures to help the Polish pork industry tackle an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), which first took hold over a year ago, are being considered by Poland’s National...

Cattle breed growth disorder cause identified

Scientists from Austria’s technical university of München (TUM) have identified the cause of a growth disorder that affects some cattle.

Record livestock exports for Somalia

A record five million head of livestock was exported by Somalia in 2014, new export data has revealed.

Calls for urgent improvements in pig welfare

Alternatives to piglet castration and tail docking were among the topics discussed at the first International Pig Welfare Conference, held in Copenhagen on 29 & 30 April.

Tyson Foods makes pledge on antibiotic elimination

US meat giant Tyson Foods has said it is actively working to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its US broiler chicken flocks, with the aim of reaching its...

Germany’s Tönnies to invest €420m in Serbian pig farms

Germany’s Tönnies GmbH & Co has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian government, under which the company will invest €420m to set up five new pig farms in...

Estonia likely to decrease pork production

Estonia’s pig industry is predicted to feel the effects of the country’s current problems in 2016-2017, as some farmers are expected to go bankrupt, while others will have to decrease...

Denmark reports on pig welfare progress

Significant progress has been made in meeting the agreements concluded at last year’s Pig Welfare Summit in Denmark, according to chairman of the Danish Pig Research Centre (DPRC) Erik Larsen....

US bird flu cull breaks the seven million mark

The USA is currently dealing with a series of avian influenza outbreaks, the like of which it has never seen before.

India cattle smuggling crackdown prompts price hikes in Bangladesh

Bangladesh meat traders have warned that cattle prices are spiralling in the country after the Indian government cracked down on cross-border smuggling, increasing scarcity.

ECJ says EU animal transport welfare controls can apply for journeys outside the EU

The European Union’s (EU) animal welfare transport rules should apply even to live animals transported from the EU to a third country, according to a ruling from the European Court...

Mixed prospects for EU beef sector in 2015

Recent EU reports on prospects for the beef sector this year paint a mixed picture, with supplies expected to be up, but profitability a continuing problem.

Ukraine does U-turn on state support of livestock industry

The Ukraine government has reinstated state support for the livestock industry, which was cancelled in 2014 amid an acute shortage of money in the state budget.

Australian body reports positive outlook for sheep industry

The sheep industry in Australia is set to continue to enjoy favourable market conditions, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has forecast.

Scottish beef industry given positive message on US market potential

A decline in United States beef production offers a huge opportunity for importers, an international meat market expert has told members of the Scottish beef sector.

Favourable views on insects as animal feed

It seems the idea of using insects in animal feed is generally looked upon favourably by consumers and industry, according to research by Ghent University in Belgium.

Global beef export forecast revised upwards

World beef export predictions for 2015, made last October by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have been revised to nearly 3% higher to a record 10.2 million tons (mt).

Russia continues to tighten GMO legislation

Russia has seen a number of further restrictions on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), as the State Duma has started to consider a new bill, which could add...

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Bird flu outbreak confirmed on US poultry farm

A potentially lethal strain of avian influenza has been found on a commercial poultry farm in the US.

Weather looks set to hit Aussie cattle prices

A three-month period of rainfall has the potential to give Australian cattle prices “a strong kick”, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest quarterly update.

Mexico and Peru remove barriers to trade for US

US beef and pork producers have gained greater access to the markets in Mexico and Peru, after new agreements were reached, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Scottish beef market under pressure

Scottish beef producers are suffering severe pressure on price and experiencing marketing delays during the crucial spring months, according to the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS).