Ongoing strength of prices going forward will be impacted by weather conditions over the next three months

Weather looks set to hit Aussie cattle prices

By Georgi Gyton

A three-month period of rainfall has the potential to give Australian cattle prices “a strong kick”, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest quarterly update.

McDonald's is looking to promote its burgers to Japanese consumers

McDonald’s Japan underlines beef quality

By Oli Haenlein

Videos looking at Australian beef farms have been produced by McDonald’s Japan to promote its burgers to customers, in an attempt to restore the fast food chain’s reputation.

A total of 151 cases have been confirmed at cattle and pig farms

South Korea continues to battle livestock disease

By Chloe Ryan

South Korea is continuing to fight outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which despite a cull of millions and a vaccination programme have not yet been eradicated.

Korea is NZ’s fourth-largest beef market by volume

B+LNZ welcomes signing of Korea FTA

By Georgi Gyton

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has welcomed the signing of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement this week, stating the deal was “critical” for sheep and beef farmers and exporters.

NZ farm profits a mixed picture

New Zealand sees disparity in livestock performance

By Ed Bedington

Climatic conditions have impacted on New Zealand livestock producers, with North Island producers benefiting to the detriment of their South Island cousins, the latest economic reports show.

Indian opportunity for poultry with Japanese help

Japan poultry giant mulls technology transfer to boost Indian exports

By Julian Ryall, in Tokyo, and Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Tokyo-based Mayekawa Manufacturing Co is in talks with officials of India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to bring Japanese technology to the state’s large poultry industry. N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, visited Japan in...

Despite an existing ban, cows are still slaughtered illegally for food

Another Indian state tightens cow protection laws

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

The north Indian state of Haryana has enacted a new cow protection law that bans even the sale of canned beef and increases the prison term for slaughtering cows (including oxen) from five years to 10 years.

Kangaroo meat is readily available in the supermarket. Photo credit: Eric in SF - Wikimedia Commons

Retail analysis: Australia

By Lee Adendorff, in Lismore, New South Wales

Australians have some of the highest meat per capita consumption rates in the world and consume 121.2kg of meat per capita/year, according to data from the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Beef had been the cheapest meat available

Maharashtra beef processors upset over new oxen and bull slaughter ban

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Beef traders in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, are in a desperate situation as the state government has started to implement a newly-approved law that bans the slaughter of oxen and bulls for religious reasons.

Beef exports to the US, Japan and Korea are expected to increase

Aussie beef and lamb exports forecast upwards

By Georgi Gyton

A record year for Australian beef and lamb exports has been forecast by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Those breaking the law could face up to five-years in jail

Maharashtra bans sale or possession of beef

By Georgi Gyton

The sale or possession of beef in Maharashtra, India could now carry a jail sentence, after a government Bill banning the practice was finally given presidential assent.

Compliance with Australia’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System remains a sticking point

Live exports from Australia to Vietnam skyrocket, but supply chain doubts remain

By Lee Adendorff, in Lismore, Australia; and Jens Kastner

A boom in Australian live cattle exports to Vietnam looks set to continue this year, thanks to favourable currency conditions, the depletion of the Vietnamese herd by exports to neighbouring China, and increasing demand for fresh quality beef from Vietnamese...

Bird flu concerns remain a roadblock to passing overseas health controls

Bangladesh poultry producers aim to create major export sales

By A Z M Anas, in Dhaka

Industry leaders, researchers and scientists wound up a three-day international poultry show and seminar in Dhaka on Saturday (21 February), vowing to improve food safety to help create a substantial Bangladesh processed chicken export sector by 2018.

Tomra's new Chinese website

Tomra launches Chinese website

By Eleanor Mackay

Tomra Sorting Solutions has launched a Chinese language website for Chinese customers, but confirmed it will not be expanding its meat division to the country in the “foreseeable” future.

The market has benefited from cheaper feed costs

Pig prices fall in China

By Eleanor Mackay

Increased supply and government initiatives to stabilise the pork market in China have seen pig prices fall 7% in a year.

Buffalo meat supplies have stopped after an indefinite strike was called by butchers and traders

Mumbai region buffalo meat strike launched over police harassment

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Buffalo meat supplies in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, have stopped after an indefinite strike was called by butchers and traders to protest against the alleged harassment by Hindu religious groups.

Dunbia keen to secure business in China

By Georgi Gyton

Northern Irish meat giant Dunbia has China marked as a priority market for its exports as it looks to grow its international business.

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).

Indian buffalo meat exports grew by 16% from April to October 2014

India buffalo meat exports rise, despite BJP government

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Concerns that India’s beef export industry might wither under the new Hindu nationalist BJP-led government have proved unfounded, as between April and October 2014, India exported US$2.66 billion’s worth of buffalo meat, a rise of nearly 16% over the...

Exporters are required to account for how their animals are treated from arrival to slaughter

Australian cattle association welcomes welfare progress

By Georgi Gyton

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has welcomed the positive improvement in animal welfare as recorded in the latest government report into the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

Around 7,000 tonnes of chicken meat have remained unsold in the past two weeks

Bangladesh blockade batters poultry industry

By A Z M Anas, in Dhaka

A politically-inspired blockade of highways in Bangladesh, launched by the country’s opposition parties, and related vandalism of lorries trying to break through, is devastating a Bangladeshi poultry sector still reeling from avian flu.

Perhaps the biggest winner of the new open regime is the south-westerly city of Chongqing

China opens more cities to international business

By Mark Godfrey

China has been delivering on promises to open more cities to international trade, allowing meat importers to cut freight costs and get meat to hugely populous central regions of the country.

The province is putting measures in place to try and reduce the risk of avian influenza outbreaks

Chinese province to halt live poultry trade

By Georgi Gyton

The Guangdong provincial government has signed a regulation that will limit the trading of live birds in urban areas, as it aims to curb the spread of avian influenza in China.

Japan continues to be an integral market for the Australian beef industry

JAEPA agreement to enter into force this week

By Georgi Gyton

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has said that its beef producers are ready to welcome the benefits brought by the Japan-Australia Economic Agreement (JAEPA), which enters into force on Thursday (15 January).

Shanghai HUSI said it had worked hard to cooperate with the authorities

OSI China responds to “questionable” comments

By Georgi Gyton

OSI China subsidiary Shanghai HUSI has hit back at a media statement by Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration, which claimed some of its products were "questionable".

A total of 457 cases were found in two separate outbreaks

Further FMD cases in South Korea

By Oli Haenlein

Two new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs have been reported in South Korea by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Beef has become a new buzzword among China’s corporate community

Australian cattle deal spurs Chinese interest

By Mark Godfrey

A recent deal between China and Australia, which could see one million cattle from Australia headed to China each year, has plenty of takers on the Chinese side.

The idea is to demonstrate the key principles of sustainable beef production. Photo credit: Beef + Lamb New Zealand

McDonald’s link up with NZ beef processors

By Georgi Gyton

McDonald’s New Zealand has established two sustainable beef integration programmes, alongside Silver Fern Farms, ANZCO Foods and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

Mutton is popular in Beijing for use in hotpots

Mutton takes off in northern China

By Mark Godfrey

As temperatures plunge in northern China, supermarkets are reporting a brisk trade in packaged mutton for hotpot.

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 lambs available for export are estimated to be lower than last season

New Zealand lamb numbers see modest recovery

By Georgi Gyton

Lamb numbers are forecast to have increased by 1.2% on the previous spring, reaching an estimated 25.8 million, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

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