Rabobank said an end to drought in many cattle-producing regions would enable Australian producers to rebuild cattle herds

Promising future for Australian beef

By Aaron McDonald

Strong international demand, a depreciating dollar and trade agreements are all contributing to a bright future for the Australian beef industry.

Australian firm fined for labelling Danish bacon as a 'Product of Australia'

Australian retailer fined for mislabelling bacon

By Chloe Ryan

Australian firm Conroy’s has been fined $10,200 after it was accused by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to have mislabelled Danish bacon as Australian.

Proposal from China's Ministry of Commerce in Shandong calls for duty-free imports of live cattle

China tackles over-capacity issues

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s leading meat-producing regions has come up with a radical solution to fix the over-capacity problem in the local processing sector.

Bangladesh will prevent the spread of animal diseases by expanding quarantine facilities to an international airport and land crossings

Bangladesh grows quarantine system to fight trans-boundary disease

By A Z M Anas, in Dhaka

Bangladesh will expand quarantine facilities to an international airport and six land crossings to boost defences against the spread of trans-boundary animal diseases, protecting the health of livestock and its meat imports and exports.

Hong Kong has stopped imports of poultry from two Vietnam provinces due to avian influenza

Hong Kong bans poultry from Vietnam

By Michelle Perrett

Hong Kong has banned imports of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from two provinces in Vietnam, following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Food safety has become a priority for consumers in China

Organic meat demand soars in China

By Mark Godfrey

Demand for organic-certified meat is reaching fever pitch in China, with local firms battling for sales to consumers still worried about food safety, and a high-profile spat between two meat firms engaged in the trade.

High-performing farmers are taking advantage of global demand for New Zealand's red meat

New Zealand: red meat pitfalls and potential

By Chloe Ryan

New Zealand red meat farmers are among the highest earners in all farming sectors, but the industry must overcome significant barriers to fuel economic growth, according to the latest research.

The Brickhouse and Milinya cattle stations have been bought by the Minderoo Group

Two major Australian cattle deals clinched

By Michelle Perrett

The Minderoo Group, the Western Australian cattle station owner, has purchased two Gascoyne stations, Brickhouse and Milinya, near Carnarvon for an undisclosed price. 

Australian cattle farmers had a successful year with incomes increasing thanks to rising prices

Australian farm income for beef cattle revealed

By Michelle Perrett

The cash income of Australian beef cattle producing farms has increased strongly in 2014‒15, driven by increased cattle prices and the highest beef cattle turn-off in 36 years, an industry report indicates. 

Vietnam looks set to open up to EU meat exports

EU and Vietnam achieve FTA breakthrough

By Michelle Perrett

EU meat exports to Vietnam offer increased potential now an in-principle Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been forged, after two-and-a-half years of intense negotiations.

A total of 943 Taiwanese poultry farms tested positive for H5 bird flu strains

Taiwan’s bird flu battle shows signs of success

By Jens Kastner

Taiwan veterinary authorities, which have battled H5N8 and H5N2 bird flu outbreaks, are now successfully testing for any remnant of the disease by posting sentinel chickens on disinfected farms for health monitoring.

Norton: 'Red meat becoming a luxury product'

Call to overhaul Australia's meat systems

By Michelle Perrett

Australia’s meat quality, safety and integrity systems need overhauling, according to the managing director of the Meat and Livestock Australia Richard Norton. 

Ractopamine is used to treat EU livestock, but China has a zero tolerance policy to the drug

China names suppliers of drug-tainted meat

By Mark Godfrey

WalMart and Tesco are among retailers named by China’s food safety watchdog as inadvertent suppliers of drug-tainted meat in a spot check of products for detected animal medication residues beyond permitted limits.

The Anna Creek Station is the largest cattle range in the world at 11 million hectares

World’s largest cattle range goes on sale in Australia

By Barbara Barkhausen, in Sydney

The largest private landholding in Australia will change ownership over the next few months, including the world’s largest working cattle ranch in the world, Anna Creek Station, in South Australia. 

MPC and Drovers Pastoral Company deal close to completion

MPC and Drovers Pastoral Company deal close to completion

By Michelle Perrett

Two Western Australian businessmen Robbie Forrest and Brett King are buying the Meat and Poultry Company (MPC) and Drovers Pastoral Company (Drovers) out of liquidation through their business Flown Pty Ltd. 

The investment includes farms and processing facilities to kill 300,000 pigs by the end of next year

Substantial pig and pork processing project planned for China

By Mark Godfrey

Thai food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) has teamed with a Singaporean partner for a RMB4 billion pig farming and pork processing project in northern China as part of an ambitious Sino-Singaporean food production plan, which will see Chinese pigs...

Investments include a new £1.7m poultry dressing plant in Bamban, Tarlac

Philippines hopes to lift meat exports with new plants

By Chloe Ryan

Two new publicly funded meat processing facilities being built in the Philippines are due to be completed within the year, with the aim of helping to boost meat exports from the country, the country’s president has said.

Kite will replace Dr Andreas Dubs, who is retiring in July

New appointment for Aussie poultry federation

By Chloe Ryan

Dr Vivien Kite has been named the new executive director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) and the Australian Poultry Industries Association (APIA). Kite will replace Dr Andreas Dubs, who is retiring in July.

Oversupply has led to a drop in price

Lamb prices decline in China

By Mark Godfrey

A glut of local and imported supply has caused Chinese lamb prices to fall this year, with the current retail price of RMB50/kg, down 10.7% year-on-year according to pricing data from China’s Ministry of Agriculture.

China has launched an ambitious new trade policy One Belt Two Roads

Halal meat opportunities identified in China

By Mark Godfrey

The Gulf Halal Centre is teaming up with the China International Trade Promotion Centre (CITPC) to roll out certification in China for halal meat products.

Processors will now have to take responsibility for red meat promotion

NZ meat marketing initiative ditched

By Chloe Ryan

A dispute over money has led to the scrapping of a proposed meat marketing campaign in New Zealand which has been in development for the past two years.

Australian cattle prices hit record high

Australian cattle prices hit record high

By Michelle Perrett

Australian beef-cattle prices are trading at record-high levels following strong demand especially from Asia, cattle owning company MP Evans said at its Annual General Meeting in London last week. 

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