Livestock

OIE director Bernard Vallat

OIE likely to ban growth-promoting antibiotics

By Melodie Michel

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is likely to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics on livestock in the next few years, OIE director Bernard Vallat has said.

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

By Arabella Mileham

The European Union (EU) is launching a new strategy for animal welfare, as it says the current uniform approach has caused varying levels of compliance across member states that has not guaranteed the real welfare of animals, and has caused economic and...

OIE calls for bank support of FMD campaign

OIE calls for bank support of FMD campaign

By Melodie Michel

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) will ask banks to fund a global campaign to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) at its next conference on the topic.

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

By Melodie Michel

French beef and veal production is expected to go down by 5% in 2012, following two years of increase, the Institut de l’Elevage (livestock institute) has revealed.

Argentine government vows vigilance over FMD

Argentine government vows vigilance over FMD

By Stephanie Garlow, reporting from Buenos Aires

The Argentine government has promised to be steadfast in protecting its valuable beef industry in the face of a renewed foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in neighbouring Paraguay.

Oxford Farming Conference 2012

Industry event

Oxford Farming Conference 2012

By Melodie Michel

The oxford Farming Conference took place on 3-5 January 2012 and featured a wide range of international speakers, including UK agriculture minister Jim Paice and USDA chief economist Dr Joseph Glauber. Farmers exchanged views and solutions to face the...

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

By Carina Perkins

The US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has announced plans to ban the use of certain antibiotics used to treat cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

By Carina Perkins

Hong Kong officials have warned of a possible outbreak of bird flu after a chicken carcass from a poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 virus.