06-Feb-2013 - Reports continue to emerge of a proliferation in Republic of Ireland farms infected by the Schmallenberg Virus as the calving and early lambing seasons get under way.
28-Jan-2013 - Schmallenberg has taken hold in the Republic of Ireland, with its agricultural department meeting farmers and vets this month to formulate a strategy after “numerous” cases emerged among early lambing flocks.
28-Jan-2013 - Four US senators have called for EU barriers on US meat and other agricultural products to be addressed as a “priority” in trade negotiations.
22-Jan-2013 - The total meat production in the European Union (EU) will drop by 2% in the next two years, according to a report published on Friday by the European Commission on the prospects for agricultural markets and income in the EU from 2012-2022.
17-Jan-2013 - Following the introduction of new restrictions on imports of animal products from the EU, Russian officials have warned the Russian industry has completely lost confidence in EU producers.
16-Jan-2013 - The Schmallenberg Virus has been discovered in lambs in Finland for the first time.
11-Jan-2013 - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index dropped for the third month in a row in December, driven by a decrease in world prices for cereals and oils and fats.
10-Jan-2013 - Belarus is planning to introduce a new system of meat quality control using UPC bar codes.
09-Jan-2013 - Ireland has been given the green light to export sheepmeat to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first time.
09-Jan-2013 - Iran’s government has announced plans to increase the country’s meat production capacity, with large-scale investment over three years.
09-Jan-2013 - A new study has revealed that Finnish sheep have low levels of genetic resistance to classical scrapie, a fatal neurological disease that affects sheep and goats.
08-Jan-2013 - The Ukraine government has pledged it will continue to prioritise livestock production, with state support during 2013.
07-Jan-2013 - A letter has been sent by a consumer advocacy group to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a bid to have them reverse a decision allowing Australian-inspected meat the same hygiene status as US-inspected meat.
20-Dec-2012 - A UK procurement and supply chain company has warned that the catering and hospitality sectors are facing steep rises in food inflation in 2013.
18-Dec-2012 - Australia has reported a jump in beef and veal exports, with poor performance in Japan offset by increasing demand in other markets.
17-Dec-2012 - New Zealand’s red meat sector has called for a speedy resolution to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, pointing out that a deal would generate jobs and create new opportunities for exporters.
12-Dec-2012 - Australian officials have voted to extend the country’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules to include unpackaged meat.
12-Dec-2012 - Australia is facing renewed calls for a live export ban after campaigners released footage of Australian cattle and sheep suffering “shocking abuse” in an abattoir in Israel.
07-Dec-2012 - The Meat Board of Namibia has introduced a new quality mark for meat produced within the country, which will give greater assurance to consumers that locally-produced meat reaches certain hygiene and classification standards.
07-Dec-2012 - More than €199m has been set aside by the European Union to combat animal diseases in 2013.
07-Dec-2012 - An agreement has been made between the University of Melbourne and a vaccine company to develop a new animal vaccine delivery system.
05-Dec-2012 - Australia is facing barriers to the trade of sheepmeat in key markets, including China, India and the EU, according to a research fellow from Murdoch University.
29-Nov-2012 - New Zealand has reported an increase in lamb production this spring, although it was still the country’s third-smallest lamb crop since the 1950s.
29-Nov-2012 - Members of the European Parliament have accused Norway of illicitly protecting its meat sector under the guise of reforming its tariffs system.
28-Nov-2012 - The EU has been hiding outbreaks of a dangerous strain of the bluetongue virus, grossly violating veterinary rules and World Trade Organization (WTO) responsibilities, Russian veterinary authorities have claimed.
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