Livestock

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.

US beef production to decline further

US beef production to decline further

By Melodie Michel

American beef production is expected to go down by 4% in 2012, hindered by record low cattle numbers, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

Farm antibiotics blamed for MRSA resistance

Farm antibiotics blamed for MRSA resistance

By Melodie Michel

The Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacterium responsible for MRSA became drug-resistant when it jumped from humans to antibiotic-fed livestock, new research suggests.

‘Brainless chicken’ suggestion under fire

‘Brainless chicken’ suggestion under fire

By Melodie Michel

A suggestion to remove parts of chicken brains so they become unaware of their living conditions on intensive farms has come under attack from animal welfare organisations.

Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

By Melodie Michel

The UK-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a £1.3m research project to find the gene responsible for campylobacter resistance in chickens.

UK and Italy join forces against CAP reform

UK and Italy join forces against CAP reform

By Melodie Michel

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) and Italy’s Confederazione Nazionale Coldiretti are working together to ensure the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform benefit farmers in both countries.

Botswana hopes to lift EU beef export ban

Botswana hopes to lift EU beef export ban

By Andrew Maramwidze, in Gabarone

The Botswana government claims it is fulfilling demands made by the European Union (EU) to improve livestock disease controls in the face of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks, and hopes an EU beef import ban will soon be lifted.

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