Over the past two decades Chile has strived to eradicate livestock diseases

Chile makes first export of live heifers to China

By Tom Azzopardi, in Santiago

Chile has exported more than 7,000 heifers to China in its first major export of live cattle, which has just arrived at its destination, and the government hopes this might be the start of developing a long-term beef livestock export trade.

An improved forage situation, lower grains prices and record margins last year have helped improve prospects

Strong prices predicted for US beef in 2015

By Georgi Gyton

Delegates at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention were comforted by predictions from CattleFax that prices for US beef will remain strong during 2015.

Live exports are expected to drop back significantly this year

Australian cattle industry expecting tight supply ahead

By Georgi Gyton

Two years of record cattle turn-off and live exports are likely to bring significant contraction in the market this year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2015 cattle industry projections, published yesterday (27 January).

The country wants to increase its share of pure-breed beef cattle to 40-50%

Kazakhstan looks to invigorate beef production industry

By Georgi Gyton

Increasing its seedstock, building larger capacity slaughterhouses and launching world-class information systems for animal identification and traceability are just some of the measures Kazakhstan plans to implement in order to grow its beef production...

The AWI said the NCBA's Beef Quality Assurance Program did not meet OIE code

Animal Welfare Institute questions US cattle handling

By Georgi Gyton

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been sent a written appeal by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) requesting that it revises the association’s guidelines for the handling of cattle raised for beef, in the USA.

The government has been urged to ensure the scheme is directed at producers who are willing to improve

Zimbabwe announces livestock support scheme

By Ceaser Mhukahuru, in Harare

The Zimbabwe government recently announced a USD$51.2 million livestock support scheme with the goal of producing 400,000 tonnes of beef per annum by 2018, in line with the country’s economic blueprint, Zim Asset.

Higher prices for US beef were partly offset by preferential duty under the KORUS FTA

South Korea expected to import more beef

By Georgi Gyton

The Republic of Korea is expected to import more beef in the coming year, as domestic cattle numbers continue to fall, and beef prices rise.

Ritz said it was important to end discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs due to COOL

Canadian agriculture minister highlights cattle opportunities

By Georgi Gyton

Gerry Ritz, Canadian agriculture minister, spoke of the benefit of unfettered trade with the US, and increased market access and trade successes, when he addressed delegates at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), semi-annual meeting.

Could things be looking up for the US cattle industry?

Turning point for US cattle numbers?

By Georgi Gyton

Delegates at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado were told that the industry was transitioning from the liquidation phase to the expansion phase in terms of cattle numbers.