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Latvia to lose smoked meat processing capacity

29-Jan-2014 - A number of Latvian meat processors may close their businesses this year, due to the fact they will not be able to meet the EU’s new requirements on the quality of smoked meat products, according to reports from several meat companies.

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UK environment group points to global meat challenge

28-Jan-2014 - Environmental campaigners have launched a new publication, which they claim illustrates the challenges of growing global meat consumption.

Meat growth promoters decrease life expectancy, argue Russians

28-Jan-2014 - Consumption of meat containing growth promoters, such as ractopamine, can lead to functional disturbances in the human body and cardiovascular disease, according to the results of a recent study from Russian state sanitary service Rospotrebnadzor. This, in turn, can lead to a reduction in projected life expectancy, it added.

Insulation and feed changes could lower livestock GHG emissions, MEPs told

28-Jan-2014 - The insulation of heated livestock buildings and replacing soya with rapeseed in animal feed are some of the measures livestock farmers can use to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a European Parliament workshop heard last week in Brussels.

New regulations set to hit small-scale meat production in Russia

27-Jan-2014 - New technical regulations, set to be implemented in the Customs Union, will prevent the production and processing of meat on small farms for subsequent sale on the market. Due to come into force on 1 May 2014 in Customs Union countries of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the new rules – "on the safety of meat and meat products" – threaten to impact meat production figures in all three countries and leave Russians without a supply of their most organic and ecologically pure meat, according to experts.

Bumper year predicted for Australian live cattle exports

24-Jan-2014 - Australia’s live cattle exports posted strong growth in 2013, with an 18% year-on-year increase in the 10 months from January to October. According to figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australia exported 650,830 head of cattle during this period, with nearly half (314,879) absorbed by the Indonesian market, Australia’s most import livestock export destination.

2013 prices cheer Spanish beef and pork producers

23-Jan-2014 - Spanish meat producers secured increasingly healthy prices in 2013 as the country crept out of recession in the second half, figures from its Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA) show.

US red meat consumption drops

23-Jan-2014 - Thirty-nine per cent of beef and other red meat consumers in the US ate less red meat in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to new research.

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UK animal science conference to look at food solutions

23-Jan-2014 - Livestock solutions will be examined at an annual British animal science conference taking place at the end of April.

Denmark exceeds antibiotics objective

23-Jan-2014 - Denmark has exceeded its objective to reduce antibiotics on-farm since 2009, according to figures from October last year.

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UK competition recognises businesses investing in future

22-Jan-2014 - A UK competition at this year’s Foodex show aims to recognise investments and innovation by food and drink manufacturers that helped to lift the UK economy out of the recession.

Belgian government advises decrease in red meat consumption

22-Jan-2014 - The Belgian Superior Health Council, a scientific advisory body of the government, has recommended citizens eat no more than 500g of fresh red meat per week and to avoid cold cuts, such as cooked sausage or salami made of the meat. The advice comes after a Council study was published last month, which looked at the connection between the consumption of red meat and the risk of colorectal cancer.

US hopes for Welsh lamb

20-Jan-2014 - A diplomatic visit from Welsh meat bosses may have helped open the door for exports of Welsh Lamb into the US market.

EU economist predicts fall in meat consumption

16-Jan-2014 - Meat consumption will never reach previous levels, Tassos Haniotis, director of economic analysis at the European Commission’s directorate general for agriculture said on Tuesday.

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Russia meat show welcomes new faces

15-Jan-2014 - New exhibitors have been confirmed at the Dairy and Meat Industry show, taking place in Moscow on 18–21 March 2014.

China sees surge in sheep meat prices

15-Jan-2014 - China’s sheep meat prices have climbed 11% year-on-year – not quite as significant as the increase in farmgate prices for beef cattle, but more a sign that lamb is being seen as a replacement for pork and chicken among an increasingly wealthy consumer base.

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USDA reveals forum speaker line-up

09-Jan-2014 - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed the speakers for its 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will take place on 20-21 February in Virginia.

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US meat and poultry show gets set for action

08-Jan-2014 - The 2014 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) will feature over 1,140 exhibitors over 410,000sq ft, according to organisers.

New EU labelling rules could disrupt trade, says industry

24-Dec-2013 - New national origin labelling rules for pork, sheep, goat and poultry meat made in the European Union (EU) could reduce the trade in meat products between the 28 EU countries, EU senior meat industry figures have warned.

Fall in New Zealand lamb numbers

24-Dec-2013 - Meat bosses in New Zealand are reporting a fall of 4.7% in the country’s lamb crop, compared with last spring.

New Zealand to spend $64m on meat boost

16-Dec-2013 - New Zealand meat processors, farmers and government have signed a deal on a new multi-million-dollar programme to boost meat quality and competitiveness.

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Australian meat could benefit from WTO quota deal

16-Dec-2013 - The new World Trade Organization (WTO) deal could boost Australian red meat exports to Europe, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

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Abu Dhabi farmers to supply meat to local Carrefour

09-Dec-2013 - Abu Dhabi farmers are to start supplying meat to major supermarket chains across the country, according to local news reports.

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Canadian sheep body elects new chairman

03-Dec-2013 - The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) has announced the election of Phil Kolodychuk as the board’s new chairman.

Lamb crop slightly up, despite lower performances

02-Dec-2013 - The UK’s lamb crop for 2013 has increased by 1%, despite lamb numbers falling by 5% in Scotland and 3% in Northern Ireland.

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