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Miratorg pumps cash into cattle breeding

Russian agribusiness Miratorg plans to loosen the purse strings by investing $10m in a cattle breeding programme to grow its Angus cow herd.

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

Bad year for French lamb imports

French imports of lamb have fallen dramatically over the past six months and consumption has also declined, but production has hit record levels.

Simon Westaway named CEO of Australian Livestock Exporters Council

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) has appointed Simon Westaway – a political communications expert – as its new CEO.

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Progress made on tackling livestock disease

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have made further progress on their global programme to eradicate the viral disease Peste des Petits...

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association: Price volatility may hamper exports

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has warned that price volatility could scupper lucrative free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Avian influenza control zone set up in Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment to minimise spread of the disease.

Baltic states call for help on Russian food crisis

A string of European countries have called for targeted measures to alleviate the impact of Russia’s import ban on EU agricultural exports, including meat.

PKM Duda to acquire Polish pig breeding company

Polish meat processor PKM Duda S.A. plans to acquire local pig breeder PPH Ferma-Pol sp. z o.o. from the Ministry of State Treasury.

Southern Russia recovering from AFS epidemic

The pig count in Krasnodar Krai, south Russia, has risen by nearly a fifth after officials tackled an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), the state’s regional statistical service reports....

Mongolia reports highest-ever livestock count

Livestock numbers in Mongolia reached a record level this year despite harsh climate conditions wiping out more than one million farm animals.

Mexico lifts ban on Canadian beef

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has lifted the last import restrictions on Canadian beef following a meeting with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Extreme volatility hurts US beef industry

Week-to-week volatility in the US beef sector has caused more difficulty for the industry than sharp price declines, Rabobank has claimed. 

Farm body calls for emergency aid

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has called on EU farm ministers to make more cash available to embattled livestock traders struggling to make ends meet. 

Ireland eyes lamb boom

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has presented the government with a five-year plan to grow Ireland’s sheep flock, a move that could create 500 jobs and boost profits.

Over one million cattle protected from killer diseases

Beef producers in Uganda’s Karamoja region have benefited from a livestock vaccination plan, spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Australian cattle killed with sledgehammer in Vietnamese abattoir

‘Abhorrent’ footage aired in Australia shows what is believed to be cattle unlawfully exported to Vietnam being bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.

FAO calls for antimicrobial resistance action

More effort is needed from Europe to tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), claims the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Kangaroo meat deemed a healthy choice for consumers

Australian kangaroo meat has passed a series of food safety tests with flying colours, proving the nutritionally-rich, low-fat meat is a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

Currency pressure hits US pork exports to Mexico

Volatility in the foreign exchange market caused US pork exports to Mexico to nosedive in the first quarter of the year.

Meat & Livestock Australia rebukes criticism of ‘world-leading’ program

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has hit back at criticism from the Australian Beef Association over its meat quality program.

Eurasian Economic Union to slash meat imports in 2017

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) plans to cut meat imports from non-EEU states by nearly two thirds, according to deputy head of agricultural policy Anna Buts. 

Africa swine fever outbreak in Ukraine

Ukraine has been rocked by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has left more than 700 pigs at risk of catching the highly contagious disease.

Prime Food investment doubles Polish meat processing capacity

Danish-owned pork processor Prime Food has completed its €7.5m investment in Przechlewo, northern Poland, and is hoping to create 100 new jobs.