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Antibiotic sales inject pace to ECO’s profit growth

Sales of ECO Animal Health Group’s (ECO) flagship antibiotic Aivlosin has helped the UK-based firm record a 75% pre-tax profit rise.

Charoen Pokphand to build pig farm in China

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) is building a pig breeding farm for 500,000 pigs in remote western China. 

JBS changes structure after corruption scandal

Beleaguered Brazilian meat giant JBS has created an executive committee to advise its board directors as it seeks to distance itself from the government corruption scandal that has rocked Brazil. ...

Mixed response to Zimbabwe livestock development plan

The Zimbabwe government’s plan to roll out a $300 million (m) livestock development programme aimed at resuscitating the country’s ailing meat production sector has prompted mixed reactions from industry experts....

Beef producers gear up for World Steak Challenge 2017

The competition to find the World’s Best Steak is less than a week away.

Belarus’ president pushes for farms in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the country’s government to prepare a decree allowing agricultural activity, including the building of poultry, pig and cattle farms, in an area of the...

Hampton Creek enters the lab-grown meat market

Silicon Valley’s plant-based food start-up Hampton Creek is to start making lab-grown meat – and plans to have product in stores by 2018.

Scandi Standard to buy Irish poultry firm

Nordic chicken group Scandi Standard has a reached an agreement to purchase Ireland’s largest chicken processor, Manor Farm, for €94 million (m). 

US hails 'strong team' for World Butchers' Challenge

The United States is the latest country to have announced its line-up for the World Butchers’ Challenge. 

South Africa hit with bird flu outbreak

South Africa has been hit with its first case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8 strain, which devastated Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Pilgrim's Pride ends farmer contract after animal cruelty claim

The US’s second largest chicken firm, Pilgrim’s Pride, has launched an investigation into welfare standards after an investigation uncovered alleged animal cruelty at its contract farm in Georgia.

BHSL wastes no time with Hydro acquisition

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has acquired Hydro International for an undisclosed sum, wasting no time in implementing a strategy to strengthen its ability to generate energy from poultry manure.

Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

Australian abattoir expansion creates 30 jobs

The Ararat Abattoir in Victoria, Australia has been awarded an $800,000 upgrade and expansion through the Labor government in the region.

Hungarian meat firm to invest in packaging, processing

Hungarian poultry processor Sága Foods Zrt to spend about HUF 600 million (€2 million) this year to expand and modernise the meat processing and packaging capacities of its facilities, according...

News in brief

Senior appointment at Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods has appointed George Chappelle as chief integration officer to help support acquisitions. 

Australia looks to safeguard beef exports to Korea

Following a record year of beef exports to Korea in 2016, Australia is looking to defend its position amidst contracting supply and competition from the US. 

European Commission urged to do more against Brazilian beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on the European Commission to take stronger action against Brazilian beef, in the wake of meat scandal that has rocked the country. 

Russian bank eyes takeover of turkey producer Eurodon

Vnesheconombank (VEB), one of Russia’s largest state-owned banks, may gain control over much of Eurodon Group, the major Russia-based turkey producer. 

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Brazilian beef ban will not spoil Minerva’s trade

A US ban on fresh Brazilian beef imports will not dent meatpacker Minerva’s volume trade, which will now head to Uruguay instead. 

US suspends imports of Brazilian beef

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to safety concerns.

JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

Australian cattlemen face up to new disease rules

Australian cattle producers have just seven days left before deregulation to managing Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) comes into full force.

Chinese investors to pump $1bn into Belarus meat plants

China-based Xinrongji Holding Group and DRex Food Group will set up several projects in the Belarus’ poultry and livestock industry worth a total of $1bn. 

Tyson Foods introduces animal welfare measures

Tyson Foods, one of the US’s largest poultry processors, will add on-farm video cameras and pilot humane slaughter methods in a major effort to improve welfare for the 35 million...

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