Livestock

Concerns over GM animals in the EU

Concerns over GM animals in the EU

By Melodie Michel

A group of organisations have expressed concern about the possible introduction of genetically modified (GM) animals in the European Union (EU), after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released guidance for applicants.

Questions raised over antibiotics study

Questions raised over antibiotics study

By Carina Perkins

An American animal welfare organisation has dismissed a UK study on the link between farm antibiotic use and the development of antibiotic-resistant disease in humans as “misleading” and “highly irresponsible”.

Spring likely to see Schmallenberg spread further

Spring likely to see Schmallenberg spread further

By Melodie Michel

The Schmallenberg virus (SBV), recently observed in ruminants, is likely to spread to other European countries when temperatures get warmer, according to the European Food safety Authority (EFSA).

Positive outlook for Australian sheep sector

Positive outlook for Australian sheep sector

By Melodie Michel

The Australian sheep industry expects a positive year in 2012, with a 4.2% increase in livestock numbers, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced.

Russia ponders ban on EU meat

Russia ponders ban on EU meat

By Eugene Vorotnikov, reporting from St Peterburg

Russian authorities have defended their decision to temporarily restrict imports of cattle from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France from February 1 over the Schmallenberg virus, and warn a meat ban may follow.

UK cattle supply on a downward trend

UK cattle supply on a downward trend

By Melodie Michel

UK cattle slaughterings dropped by 6% in the second half of 2011, mainly due to a reduction in young bull kill, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced.

Low pathogenic bird flu threatens Australian exports

Low pathogenic bird flu threatens Australian exports

By Melodie Michel

Japan and Hong Kong have suspended imports of Australian poultry products, including meat and eggs, following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on a duck farm in Victoria.

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

By Melodie Michel

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide a scientific assessment of the risks related to the Schmallenberg virus.