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).

Korea is New Zealand's fourth largest export market for beef in terms of volumes. Picture credit: Beef + Lamb New Zealand

New Zealand welcomes Korean FTA

By Georgi Gyton

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has said that the recently concluded free trade agreement with South Korea should provide a major boost to its red meat exports to the country.

Adjusting treatment for different sexes of lamb can improve the bottom line

Sex of lambs has big impact on meat yield

By Oli Haenlein

Treating male and female lambs differently during finishing and processing can result in financial benefits, concluded a recent on-farm trial in New Zealand.

Chinese broiler production flat

Chinese poultry production forecasts flat for 2015

By Georgi Gyton

Stagnant consumption and relatively high feed costs look set to stifle growth in the Chinese broiler industry, according to a new Global Agricultural Information Network report from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

Workers from supplier Shanghai Husi were filmed picking meat off the floor and using out-of-date beef and chicken

McDonald’s Japan revises finances following food safety scandal

By Oli Haenlein

McDonald’s Holdings Japan has revised its financial forecasts to take into account a damaging incident earlier this year, in which workers from supplier Shanghai Husi were filmed picking meat off the floor and using out-of-date beef and chicken.

This new strain could pose a threat to poultry producers livelihoods if left unmonitored

FAO issues warning over new strain of avian ‘flu

By Georgi Gyton

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said a new strain of avian influenza, H5N6, needs to be closely monitored in order to avoid a major threat to animal health.

Higher export prices are expected for sheepmeat and beef

Decline in livestock production forecast for Australia

By Georgi Gyton

Australian livestock production is forecast to decrease by 2.1% in 2014-15, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture (ABARES).

Workers were allegedly using out-of-date chicken and beef

Six people arrested in China meat scandal

By Georgi Gyton

OSI Group has confirmed that six employees at its subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co have been arrested "following detention by authorities".

India exported around US$4bn of buffalo meat last year

Report highlights importance of India as global meat player

By Georgi Gyton

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has highlighted the importance of India on the global market, its bovine meat (buffalo) exports estimated to be the second-largest in the world.

The investment company is to $400m into the Chinese poultry firm

Global investor takes share of Chinese poultry player

By Georgi Gyton

KKR & Co, a global investment firm, has come to a definitive agreement with Chinese poultry producer Fujian Sunner Development Co, to invest around $400m in the business, in return for an 18% stake.

Australian meat exports increased by almost 30% between 2013-14

Australian meat exports rise almost 30%

By Georgi Gyton

The value of Australian exports of meat and meat preparations increased by 29.1% to AU$9.9bn in 2013-2014, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on international trade in goods and services.

Sheep numbers have decreased by 3.2%. Image courtesy of Beef + Lamb New Zealand

New Zealand sees decrease in sheep numbers

By Georgi Gyton

Sheep numbers in New Zealand have dropped 3.2% to 29.8m in the year to 30 June 2014, according annual data from Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Economic Service.

WH Group is China's largest pork company

China’s biggest pork company WH Group succeeds in Hong Kong IPO

By Su Dongxia, in Shanghai

WH Group, China’s largest pork company and a major shareholder in Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co, which acquired Smithfield Foods for US$7.1 billion in 2013, has successfully floated on the stock exchange of Hong Kong (HKEx).

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