Americans, it seems, can't get enough of beef. Demand continues to increase, and a new beef consumption record was set during the first quarter of 2003 in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Beef Council.
Europe's sheep population fell by four per cent last year, according to figures released from the EU's December sheep census. Within the major sheep-rearing countries however, the rate of decline varied greatly.
The Sars outbreak in Asia has had far-reaching implications for a number of industries. China, one of the worst-hit countries, has seen a sharp decline in the export of many goods and products, not least livestock.