Livestock

Cattle disease work on track

New Zealand M. bovis work progressing

By Aidan Fortune

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has welcomed the latest Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report which confirms that the phased eradication of the disease is on track.

Animal transport improvements examined

EU animal transport improvements urged

By Aidan Fortune

The European Parliament has called on the EU and its member states to better enforce existing rules on protecting transported animals and penalise all offenders.

Russian poultry producers see margins fall

Russian producers hit by reduced poultry margins

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s third-largest poultry producer, agricultural holding Belaya Ptitsa, has reported financial turbulence, as falling prices and shrinking state aid keep pushing down profitability in the industry.

The Brazilian Federal Police has begun the latest investigation into the meat industry

Brazilian meat industry under further investigation

By Aidan Fortune

Brazilian authorities have re-ignited their investigation into the meat industry, with a probe into processor BRF SA as well as laboratories accused of covering up salmonella in chicken.

Chinese abattoirs closed due to food safety fears

Chinese abattoirs closed due to food safety fears

By Mark Godfrey

Worries about food safety and meat traceability have prompted authorities in a key meat production region in eastern China to shut 26 slaughtering facilities, but further issues have arisen about on-site slaughter by restaurateurs – ironically to reassure...

Irish farmers meet with authorities over clean sheep policy

Irish farmers meet with authorities over clean sheep policy

By Aidan Fortune

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) national sheep chairman Sean Dennehy has met with senior vets in the Department of Agriculture this week over the ongoing problems with the perceived “over the top” implementation of the Clean Sheep Policy by the Department....

A tax on pig trotters, liver, brain and tongue has been cut by the Hungarian government

Hungary cuts VAT on pork offal to boost consumption

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

As part of its long-term policy to stimulate domestic consumption of pork, the Hungarian government has introduced a reduced value-added tax (VAT) on pork offal, taking it from 27% to 5%.

Avi-Top supplies major Romanian retailers and said its expansion would pave the way for more products to hit shelves

Romanian poultry meat producer to invest in expansion

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Avi-Top plans to invest €6 million to modernise its production capacity, allowing the Romanian poultry producer to significantly grow its revenue, according to senior company representatives.