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Rift Valley Fever can lead to demands for livestock culls

EU warned over Rift Valley Fever

By Keith Nuthall

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised the European Union (EU) to launch a series of studies to help assess the risk of Rift Valley Fever being introduced to livestock and humans in north Africa and the Middle East, potentially threatening...

India’s goat exports suffer supply chain setback

India’s goat exports suffer supply chain setback

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

A steep rise and then, within a few years, an equally steep fall in the exports of goat meat from India has exposed failings within the country’s supply chain, say industry experts.

Iran allocates funds to avoid crisis in the meat market

Iran allocates funds to avoid crisis in the meat market

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Iran’s government allocated US$5bn in funds to support the country’s food security, with around half to be spent on meat purchasing to ensure there is sufficient cheap meat on the market, Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi announced recently.

OIE upholds ‘negligible risk’ status for Brazil over BSE

OIE upholds ‘negligible risk’ status for Brazil over BSE

By Nicholas Robinson

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases has confirmed that it will not withdraw Brazil's “negligible risk” status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Ireland resumes cattle exports to Libya

Ireland resumes cattle exports to Libya

By Alyson Magee

Exports of live cattle from the Republic of Ireland to Libya are set to resume for the first time since 1996, raising hopes of restoring the formerly buoyant trade and reopening other markets.

Iran invests millions in meat production

Iran invests millions in meat production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Iran’s government has announced plans to increase the country’s meat production capacity, with large-scale investment over three years.

Oman opens to Canadian cattle

Oman opens to Canadian cattle

By Carina Perkins

Oman has opened its doors to live cattle imports from Canada in an agreement worth an estimated $900,000 annually to the Canadian livestock industry,

Poultry crisis averted in Iran

Poultry crisis averted in Iran

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Iran has resolved a poultry crisis that led to rioting in the streets and chicken banned from television.

New FMD strain threatens Middle East

New FMD strain threatens Middle East

By Melodie Michel

A novel strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) discovered in Egypt and Libya in February has now spread to the Gaza Strip, putting Gulf countries at risk, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

Focus on New Zealand

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

By Carina Perkins

The EU is still New Zealand’s most important export market for chilled lamb, but the balance is shifting as the country opens up new avenues.

John Giles is a divisional director with Promar International

Overview of the world poultry sector and the role of Thailand

By John Giles, Promar International

Global broiler production has increased by 37% between 2002 to 2011. Production increased from 59m tonnes in 2002 to 81m tonnes in the main producing countries in 2011. Total world production could however be up to 100m tonnes per annum based on latest...