Livestock

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

Focus on New Zealand

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

By Carina Perkins

With lamb supply dropping away, New Zealand has struggled to keep up with global demand and prices have soared, so is there a turnaround on the horizon?

Iowa undercover video ban sparks criticism

Iowa undercover video ban sparks criticism

By Melodie Michel

The passage of a law, making undercover filming on farms illegal in the US state of Iowa, has raised controversy among animal welfare organisations.

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

By Carina Perkins

A new report has concluded that the English red meat sector makes a “significant” contribution to the UK’s economy.

Scientists discover PRRS resistance gene

Scientists discover PRRS resistance gene

By Melodie Michel

A team of US scientists have discovered a genetic marker determining pigs’ level of resistance to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Indonesian abattoirs under investigation

Indonesian abattoirs under investigation

By Carina Perkins

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is continuing to investigate a complaint of alleged animal welfare concerns at three Indonesian abattoirs.

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

By Melodie Michel

Animal welfare organisation Alsace Nature has filed a complaint with the European Commission against France, pointing to “regular and systematic breaching” of the EU directive on pig welfare.

Canada-US hold livestock talks

Canada-US hold livestock talks

By Carina Perkins

Ministers from Canada and the US have met with livestock industry representatives to discuss how the countries can work together to improve competitiveness and productivity.

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

By Arabella Mileham

Spanish slaughterhouses have been criticised for poor animal welfare standards, after an audit carried out by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office found that four out of seven slaughterhouses did not meet requirements.

FAO campaigns against fraudulent farm drugs

FAO campaigns against fraudulent farm drugs

By Melodie Michel

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is campaigning for a pharmaceutical standard on Animal African Trypanosomosis drugs to be implemented in regions affected by the fatal livestock disease.

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

By Melodie Michel

High production costs and stringent sow stall legislation have discouraged many pig producers in the European Union (EU), according to a UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market survey.