Farmers are reluctant to sell their pigs at lower prices

Chinese pig farmers switch from pigs to lamb and cattle

By Mark Godfrey

China’s pig breeders appear to have had enough of low prices and are moving on to breed sheep. The key agricultural province of Shandong is seeing a shift to sheep this spring, according to reports from the local government.

Iran has increased its poultry production by 12% year-on-year

Iran increases poultry production to avoid social unrest

By Georgi Gyton

In 1392 – the Iranian year equivalent to 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 – Iran produced 2.15 million tonnes (mt) of poultry, a rise of about 12% year-on-year, according to official statistics. Active support from the state has made this growth possible,...

The group has now appointed a board of directors

New Zealand red meat group reaches first milestone

By Georgi Gyton

Red meat sector group the Red Meat Profit Partnership, in New Zealand, has revealed it has now fully established itself as a limited partnership, with a board of directors appointed.

China has a 20 million-strong Muslim population

China gears up for halal meat exports

By Mark Godfrey

The world’s meat traders were in western China this week for the China International Halal Food and Products Fair, designed to make China a leading halal meat exporter.

Beef and buffalo producers fear additional export controls

India’s meat sector nervous over nationalist party victory

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Beef and buffalo producers and exporters in India are bracing for additional controls after general election exit polls predicted a victory for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party led by Narendra Modi.

The government has embarked on a series of fresh water reforms

Focus on New Zealand - Water works

A forum to plan the future for New Zealand’s fresh water is just one initiative bringing together interested parties for a positively green future.

China is a fast growing market for NZ beef and lamb

Focus on New Zealand - China syndrome

By Chloe Ryan

It is true for nearly every internationally traded commodity, and it is true for New Zealand’s meat. China wants it.. and its appetite is growing fast.

A growing gap between demand and supply is predicted

China to beef up on imports, says Rabobank report

By Oli Haenlein

China is expected to increase its beef imports by 15-20% over the next five years due to domestic production, which, despite governmental investment, is still very limited, according to a Rabobank report.

Volume down but value up for New Zealand lamb exports

Total lamb exports from New Zealand rise 11% in value

By Georgi Gyton

The value of total lamb exports from New Zealand increased 11% in the first six months of the 2013-14 meat export season, despite a decline in volume, according to the latest data from Beef + New Zealand.

Australia chicken production set to rise

Australian chicken set for further growth

By Lee Adendorff, in Byron Bay, Australia

Australian chicken production and consumption is expected to continue its steady growth over the next five years and will account for nearly a third of total meat production in the country by 2019, according to a recent report by the Australian Bureau...

China convenience meat offering is increasing

China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

By Mark Godfrey

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks...

Shuanghui boosts profits thanks to diversification

Chinese pork firm benefits from diversity

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

Product diversification, driven by a need to match products to China’s expanding but extremely varied retail sector, appears to have been key to profits for 2013 at Chinese pork processor Shuanghui.

Call for chicken reserve to rescue Chinese farmers

Calls for chicken reserve to rescue Chinese chicken sector

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

One of China’s most respected agricultural experts has used China’s annual parliament – sitting this week in Beijing – to call for the establishment of a chicken reserve to rescue farmers from the current bird flu crisis.

Pork prices down according to Chinese Department of Agriculture data

Low prices and gloomy outlook for China’s pigs

By Mark Godfrey

It is proving a gloomy start to the year for China’s pig producers, with low prices for hogs continuing to dog the sector. The latest data from the Department of Agriculture in Beijing showed that, as of 12 February, the national average price of RMB13.23/kg...

Chinese officials cracks down on unscrupulous cattle dealers

China cracks down on water-injecting of cattle

By Mark Godfrey

Officials in a city in east China are designating official slaughterhouses and specific slaughter times for individual cattle in order to crack down on unscrupulous cattle dealers and slaughtering firms injecting cattle with water prior to slaughter to...

Live cattle trade in China drops as meat imports surge

China’s meat imports surge, live cattle trade slackens

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

China’s imports of live cattle appear to have dropped back in 2013, although there has been a surge in cattle for beef breeding and finishing. According to China Customs data, China imported 102,245 cattle (cows, bulls and weanlings) in 2013 – down 26,004...

China meat production increase slows, statistics reveal

Chinese meat output growth slowing

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

China appears to be struggling to meet its ambitious targets for meat production, judging by newly published data for 2013.

India's buffalo traders expand

India’s buffalo traders expand China market via Vietnam

By By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Indian buffalo meat exports to Vietnam have doubled in volume and tripled in value within a year as Chinese traders use the south-east Asian country for channelling their meat trade to bypass an official ban on direct imports, has been...

Australia on the way to almost total sow stall elimination

Australian pig farmers on the path to sow stall-free pork

By By Lee Adendorff, in Byron Bay, Australia

Meat industry association Australian Pork Limited (APL) has told that Australian piggeries are well on the way to an almost total elimination of sow gestation stalls by 2017. It said an estimated 65% of pigmeat enterprises in 2014 were...

China beef firm posts strong performance

China beef firm posts strong performance

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

One of China’s leading beef producers and processors has reported very strong results for 2013. Fucheng Wu Feng – also known by its listed name, Fortune Ng Fung Food – saw profits rise by a whopping 183.1% to RMB57m, significantly higher than the RMB20.1m...

Price slump hits Chinese pig farmers

Price slump hits Chinese pig farmers

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

A slump in prices means China’s pig farmers are having a lousy run-up to the upcoming Chinese New Year festival. Industry experts have blamed the price slump on a combination of factors, including higher pig numbers and epidemics brought on by warmer...

China sees surge in sheep meat prices

China sees surge in sheep meat prices

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

China’s sheep meat prices have climbed 11% year-on-year – not quite as significant as the increase in farmgate prices for beef cattle, but more a sign that lamb is being seen as a replacement for pork and chicken among an increasingly wealthy consumer...

China beef prices on the rise

China beef prices could boost production

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

With beef prices soaring in the run-up to Chinese New Year at the end of this month, beef farmers in one of China’s key cattle-producing regions are looking to increase scale to meet demand.

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