Meat processors sign deal in New Zealand

New Zealand to spend $64m on meat boost

By Carina Perkins

New Zealand meat processors, farmers and government have signed a deal on a new multi-million-dollar programme to boost meat quality and competitiveness.

Hong Kong on alert after second bird flu case

Bird flu strikes again in Hong Kong

By Carina Perkins

A second person has fallen ill with avian influenza H7N9 in Hong Kong, although authorities have labelled it an “imported case”.

Meat consumption down in Czech Republic

Czech meat consumption falls

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Meat consumption in the Czech Republic decreased by 1.5% compared with last year to about 77.4kg.

China beef prices climbing

Chinese beef prices soar as local cattle herds shrink

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

China’s beef prices have been soaring as wealthier consumers consume more meat, and switch to beef from pork. But there are more fundamental issues at stake – not least the collapse in local herd numbers.

Australia set to benefit from South Korea FTA

Australian industry welcomes South Korea FTA

By Nicholas Robinson

Australian beef and sheepmeat bosses are elated following the successful negotiation of a South Korea/Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), suggesting it will save the sector AU$1.25bn over 15 years.

China pig trotters deal could be lucrative for UK

UK delegation targets China for new trade deal

By Line Elise Svanevik

A UK delegation, including the country’s Prime Minister David Cameron, has travelled to China in a bid to secure a new trade deal for pigs’ trotters.

Australian exporters want to ensure business with Indonesia

Australia hopes scandal will fail to hit beef exports

By Lee Adendorff, Byron Bay, Australia

Australia’s livestock export traders have said they want to ensure that their lucrative export business with Indonesia is not damaged by the fall-out from a diplomatic row over spying.

Far Eastern countries join forces on FMD

Far Eastern countries join forces on FMD

By Carina Perkins

Veterinary experts from countries in the Far East have gathered in China to discuss how to tackle foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the region.

China: the devil is in the detail

China: the devil is in the detail

By Matt Incles, Senior consultant, Promar International

China is a potentially valuable market for meat exporters, but negotiating market access can be tricky. Matt Incles, a senior consultant with Promar International, shares his insights.

China is clamping down on meat safety

China ponders tightening meat ‘recycling’ rules

By David Green

China’s central government is currently reviewing significant amendments to its June 2009 National Food Safety Law, including the closure of a grey area that has left space for so-called ‘recycling’ of meat products after they have expired.

OSI is a major poultry processor in China

Meat and poultry processor opens two China plants

By Carina Perkins

OSI Group is set to become the biggest value-added meat processor in Asia after opening two more plants in China, bringing its total number of facilities in the country to 10.

Australian sheep being taken home for slaughter in Kuwait. Source: Animals Australia

Australia investigates sheep export allegations

By Carina Perkins

Australian officials have launched an investigation into allegations that sheep exported live from Australia are being sold outside approved supply chains in Jordon and Kuwait.

China and Ukraine collaborating on pig project

Chinese firm announces joint venture in Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Chinese company Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) has entered into a joint venture with Ukrainian firm KSG Agro to implement a large-scale project for the production of pork and feed crops.

The Pearl of Para was forced to return to port

Australian ship delay sparks live export row

By Line Elise Svanevik

The RSPCA has called on the Australian government to change current livestock regulations to protect animals in live export after a ship carrying 5,240 cattle was forced to turn around, due to a technical fault.

Australia's red meat production is on the rise

Australian red meat stays buoyant

By Carina Perkins

Australian red meat production remained bullish in July, boosted by high slaughter levels, according to the latest data from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Japan beef imports reach new high

Japan beef imports reach new high

By Carina Perkins

Japanese beef imports hit their highest monthly volume for 13 years in July, according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

China's local beef production cannot meet demand

Rabobank points to beef opportunity in China

By Nicholas Robinson

Key global suppliers can tap into China’s increasing appetite for beef, following the country’s struggle to produce enough beef fast enough to meet demand, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Australian lamb exports boosted by demand from Middle East and China

Australia sees surge for lamb and mutton exports

By Carina Perkins

Australian lamb and mutton exports were boosted by a surge in shipments to China and the Middle East last year, according to the latest data from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Australian beef exports are performing well

CIS demand boosts Australian beef

By Carina Perkins

Australian beef exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) saw strong growth in July, boosted by demand from Kazakhstan and Russia.

The H7N9 strain of bird flu has killed 44 people

Bird flu strikes again in China

By Carina Perkins

Chinese authorities have confirmed that another person has fallen ill with the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu.

Pakistan is falling behind in the halal market

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Pakistan: lost opportunity for halal exports

By Rahimullah Yusufzai, in Peshawar

Pakistan meat sector executives believe their export sector is underperforming, failing especially to seize sales in affluent international halal markets.

Australia's boom in beef exports set to continue

Australian beef exports forecast to expand through 2013

By Carina Perkins

Australian beef exports will continue to gain pace over the rest of the year, boosted by drought, emerging market demand and a more favourable currency, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

China has implemented a new management model at Jiangcun wholesale market

New management model for China poultry market

By Carina Perkins

Chinese and global animal health experts have visited a live poultry market, which has implemented a new management model aimed at improving biosecurity to prevent animal disease.

Thousands of sheep were slaughtered in Pakistan. Image source: Animals Australia

Australian welfare bodies slam Pakistan inquiry

By Carina Perkins

Australian animal welfare campaigners have reacted furiously to the findings of a government inquiry into the brutal slaughter of 20,000 sheep in Pakistan last year.

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