Meat

Animal welfare should not be given undue focus, suggested Dawson Bradford

Animal welfare is under the spotlight in Australia

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian meat companies could lose out in Asian markets if they focus too much on animal welfare, Dawson Bradford, president of the West Australian Pork Producers’ Association (WAPPA) has warned. 

Wellard is the biggest livestock shipping business in Australia

Wellard expects profits, despite ‘complex’ position

By Oscar Rousseau

Australia’s largest livestock shipping business, Wellard, expects its full-year profits to be in line with company estimates, despite a double ship breakdown which cost the business AU$7.7 million in repair fees alone.

Dr Alice Weaver said the scheme gives her job security in the pork industry

PhD student lands job after pig genetics research

By Oscar Rousseau

Dr Alice Weaver has become the first person to gain a job in the pig industry under Pork CRC’s Industry Placement Program – a government-backed employment initiative.

Chinese meat companies have relocated to Guangxi after a government pollution crackdown

Chinese halal meat business helps employ 10,000 families

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s biggest producers of packaged halal meat products is bringing meat factory jobs to one of the country’s poorest regions in a deal with local government that includes cattle farms and processing plants. 

Cargill said migrant abuse in Thailand's poultry business is 'a very sad situation'

CPF Foods to end migrant abuse in Thai meat sector

By Oscar Rousseau

Poultry business CPF Foods has partnered with the Thai government to tackle mistreatment of staff in the poultry industry, following modern-day slavery claims at a separate chicken farm. 

New Hope and AliCloud will mine online sales data to boost targeted ad revenue

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals.

Most lamb imported to China comes from New Zealand and Australia

Demand for lamb rises in China

By Oscar Rousseau

Chinese lamb imports increased by nearly a fifth last month as the soaring price of pork made sheep meat more competitive.

Beef is seen by China's financial sector as one that offers attractive margins

China tipped for beef boom

By Mark Godfrey

A respected brokerage is betting Chinese companies with access to overseas beef supply will make strong profits by importing and selling the red meat this year.

Demand for meat, especially poultry, is rising in Myanmar

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

By Jessica Mudditt, in Yangon

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers.

Matthew Anderson works with Sasayama Ham's Yoshiya Shimane to make quintessentially British meat products

Japan's eastern promise

By Tim Maughan

Yorkshireman Matthew Anderson learnt the butchery trade in the UK, but he operates a British-style meat business 6,000 miles away, in Japan.

Australia's live cattle exoports are expected to decline by nearly 20% this year

Australia in talks with Japan to lift trade ban

By Oscar Rousseau

The Australian government is in talks with political counterparts in Japan after the latter imposed a trade ban on live cattle imports, following a virus outbreak.

Shanghai Maling could soon become one of China's biggest beef producers

China’s Maling enters beef industry

By Oscar Rousseau

Huge profits and game-changing scale predicted for a Shanghai pork firm seeking to enter the beef industry through a 50% stake in one of New Zealand’s biggest meat processors. 

Self-regulated meat inspection is benefiting the few, the Australian Beef Association said

Call for Aussie meat inspection overhaul

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian beef producers risk losing out on profits as a result of biased meat graders, encouraged by big corporations to downgrade carcases and reduce the amount processors pay out.

Current data on wholesale meat pricing is normally one month out of date

Pricing fear prompts beef transparency changes

By Oscar Rousseau

A system for recording the wholesale price of beef will be developed by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), following a probe into price transparency by the country’s competition watchdog.

 Meat consumption in China has risen in line with the country's booming middle class

China calls for lower meat consumption

By Mark Godfrey

Chinese people need to eat less red meat, a leading Chinese government health agency has recommended in a landmark review of the country’s eating habits.

Haverick Meats before it burnt down. Image courtesy of New South Wales Fire & Rescue

Sydney fire: meat factory burns to the ground

By Oscar Rousseau

A fire at a meat processing plant in Banksmeadow, Sydney, has been extinguished after burning for two days straight, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

A sales executive said it had been 12 years since China recorded a fall in beef prices

Chinese beef firm blames falling prices for first-quarter loss

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s most ambitious cattle breeders and genetics companies, Xinjiang Tianshan Animal Husbandry Bio-engineering Co, has blamed a fall in beef and mutton prices for what it predicts is a $2m loss in the first quarter of 2016.

Alpaca meat is being considered a superfood by some in Australia

Alpaca meat hot on Australia’s menu

By Oscar Rousseau

Think-tanks all over the world have called for the need to diversify protein to ensure a more sustainable food economy, but is eating alpaca meat a step too far? 

An Australian poultry processor has been fined for violating environmental requirements

Supreme Poultry and Chickens fined $30,000

By Aidan Fortune

A poultry processing plant in New South Wales (NSW), Australia has been fined for breaching conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL). 

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