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South African producers to benefit from producing higher-welfare meat

Small South African farming operations engaged in crate-free pork production are to receive support from major retailer Pick ’n Pay and the Humane Society International (HSI).

South Africa hopes to regain export access for game and beef

South Africa is working to resume exports of game to the EU and beef exports to the Middle East, following a four-year ban.

Russia to import meat from Africa

Rosselkhoznadzor may allow meat to be exported to Russia from South Africa and Namibia, according to head of the veterinary watchdog Sergey Dankvert.

Bullish outlook for global poultry industry

Pricing across the global poultry market is expected to remain bullish, despite the recent Russian ban, according to a new report by Rabobank.

New alliance formed for tropical livestock farming

Scotland and Africa have come together to work on the challenges faced by farmers of livestock in tropical developing countries.

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Feed price fall promises boost for South African poultry firm

South African poultry company Astral Foods expects a boost, due to lower maize and soya prices, according to Investec research.

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Africa – the four pillars of growth

If you were to think about the global meat sector, Africa is not often seen in the same light as China, other parts of Asia and Latin America, but this...

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Ostrich meat proves successful in Europe for South African firm

South African farming business Klein Karoo has seen strong sales of its new ostrich meat products across Europe.

Russia imposes restrictions on live pig imports

Russia has banned imports of live pigs from six countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, due to fears about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus...

Astral posts significant profit increase in H1

South African poultry producer Astral Foods delivered a 260% increase in operating profit by R213m, in its interim results for the six months to 31 March 2014.

World poultry industry faces turbulence

The global poultry market is experiencing turbulence due to a number of issues ranging from escalating feed prices and avian influenza (AI) outbreaks, according to experts from Rabobank.

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Looking back to look forwards

Although the New Year has come and gone, there is still the opportunity to both look back and forwards to see what has happened in the past 12 months and...

International meat trade bodies welcome new WTO global deal

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has welcomed the striking of a new global trade deal by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which should ease import and customs procedures that...

How soya protein can help meet growing demand for meat

Consumers in developing economies such as Africa are increasing their demand for meat, posing a challenge to global food supplies. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) technical director Stephen Mott told...

South Africa faces fresh FMD outbreak

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has broken out in a key cattle rearing area of South Africa – Limpopo province, in the country’s north-east.

South African poultry dispute reaches new level

South Africa’s meat trading body has lodged an official complaint against local chicken producers with the country’s Competition Commission.

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Zimbabwe government warned over meat adulteration

A Zimbabwe food safety expert has warned that consumers are at risk from adulterated meat, due to lack of proper testing technology.

South African producers issue warning on poultry imports

South African poultry producers have warned that the government must cut down on cheap chicken imports or risk devastating the local industry.

EU warned over Rift Valley Fever

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised the European Union (EU) to launch a series of studies to help assess the risk of Rift Valley Fever being introduced to...

South Africa considers tougher meat labelling laws

South Africa’s government is considering introducing tougher labelling laws for meat products to ensure ingredients are identified properly.

Improved outlook for global poultry

A fall in the price of corn and continuing high prices for red meat could boost the prospects of the global poultry sector in 2013, a new report from Rabobank...

Donkey found in South African burgers

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has ordered an urgent inquiry after donkey and goat DNA was found in burgers and sausages.

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Brazil sees jump in January beef exports

Brazil saw a big increase in beef exports last month despite BSE-restrictions, according to the latest data.

South Africa rejects anti-dumping duties on Brazil poultry

The South African government has rejected a controversial proposal to introduce anti-dumping duties on Brazilian exports of whole birds and boneless chicken cuts.

Cargill invests $20m in South African business

US meat processor Cargill has announced plans to invest $20 million into its animal nutrition facilities in South Africa.