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US pumps cash into sustainable livestock research

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made $16m (£11m) available through a series of grants to fund research into advancing methods of sustainable livestock production.

US government offers funding for antimicrobial resistance research

The US Department of Agricultural (USDA) will make around $6m (£4.8m) available to fund research on combating the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Greenpeace leak reveals TTIP negotiations

Greenpeace has leaked hundreds of pages on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), revealing the deal could threaten EU regulation on food safety and environmental protection.

China’s pork imports booming

China’s pork imports more than doubled in March 2016 as environmental regulation slammed the brakes on domestic production for the country’s largest producers.

BRF profits drop after ‘challenging’ period

Brazilian meat processor BRF has reported a slide in gross profits for the first quarter of 2016 as pressure on poultry prices and the cost of corn hurt its income.

Silverfleet Capital agrees to sell Kalle Group

Private equity firm Silverfleet Capital has agreed to the sale of casings supplier Kalle Group to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

News in brief

Weber on Weber: CEO ‘honoured’ by new role

Doug Weber has been named president and CEO of the eponymously-named Weber Packaging Solutions, a global designer and manufacturer of product labelling used by the meat industry. 

Pilgrim’s Pride reports pre-tax profit drop

Mexico’s second-largest poultry producer – US-owned Pilgrim’s Pride – has reported a fall in pre-tax profits for the first quarter of 2016 after a “challenging” winter.

Russian drama for Parma as ham sales fall

Full-year trading figures for Parma Ham show strong export growth for the dry-cured charcuterie favourite. But, predictably, sales in Russia have dropped as the Kremlin embargo heaped pressure on the...

US chicken producers richest in farming

Poultry farmers are, on average, richer than most farmers in America, according to a study on the US broiler industry by the National Chicken Council (NCC).

ADM sees ‘opportunity’ in meat alternatives

The rise in flexitarianism presents growth opportunities for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), according to the company, which said it planned to launch two new products at IFFA.

Don’t sacrifice antibiotics to boost marketing, poultry body urges

The use of antibiotics in intensive poultry farming should not be cut but minimised and carefully planned to safeguard animal welfare, the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) has said.

US pork producers address environmental sustainability

A video released by the National Pork Board, in celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, aims to highlight how pork producers can tackle climate change head-on.

ADM launches soya ingredient for meat products

US ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has said it plans to launch a soya product that can be used to boost protein and fibre content in meat products...

China's cooling growth to drag pork production down

As China’s economy drops down to single-digit growth, the global production of pork is expected to decline in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA secretary on diplomatic mission to Japan and Vietnam

Tom Vilsack, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary, has led a diplomatic mission to Japan and Vietnam to underscore the significance of bilateral trade, which includes reducing tariffs on...

US poultry industry suggests regulator operates above the law

A collection of US poultry boards has said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to carry out chicken factory inspections that do not comply with the US Constitution. ...

US beef exports to Europe tipped to tumble

Exports of beef from the US into Europe have been predicted to fall by as much as 20%, according to Jean-Luc Mériaux, secretary general of the European Meat and Livestock...

Tyson Foods bids for additional poultry site

Employees at Tyson Foods - one of the world’s biggest meat processors - have proposed to build a new poultry processing site near an existing plant in Arkansas....

US restaurant chains urged to stop antibiotics support

A $1 trillion coalition, made up from 54 institutional investors, has called for 10 of the largest restaurant chains in the US, as well as the UK, to stop sourcing...

US trade representative: TPP inaction ‘alarming’

US trade representative Michael Froman used his keynote speech at the National Cattlemen‘s Beef Association (NCBA) annual policy conference to bang the drum for action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. ...

US cattle industry calls for vote on TPP

A total of 225 US food and agricultural associations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to members of Congress on Monday 11 April calling for an...

USDA plans to tighten organic meat policy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make regulatory changes to organic meat and poultry practices, to ensure there’s a national standard to which high-welfare livestock producers adhere.

Cargill revenue pulled down by falling beef exports

Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural traders, has reported its financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months up to 29 February 2016.

UK beef exports seen as premium

Thanks to an “unparalleled” rain-fed pasture system and nutrient-rich grass, UK beef exports are perceived globally as premium meat products, according to UK levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb.

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