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.

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.

Australia red meat exports contiue to soar

Australian red meat exports continue to grow

By Carina Perkins

Australia has reported another record-beating year for red meat exports to the Middle East and North African region (MENA), while beef exports to the EU hit their highest level for a decade.

Australia cattle slaughter reached peak in May

Cattle slaughter high in Australia

By Carina Perkins

Australian adult cattle slaughter reached its highest level for 34 years in May, according to the latest statistics.

Taco Bell Power Protein Burrito

Taco Bell launches Power Protein Menu

By Line Elise Svanevik

Taco Bell has introduced its new Power Protein menu, which sees the word “meat” being ditched in favour of “protein”, in an attempt to appeal to health-conscious consumers.

Slaughterhouse fire has led to questions over safety of Chinese cold chain

Slaughterhouse fire in China prompts safety call

By David Green, in Beijing

China must pay greater attention to safety procedures governing the use of ammonia in cold chain storage facilities, following a chemical leak and deadly fire at a slaughterhouse in the country’s northeastern Jilin province, industry officials said yesterday...

China H7N9 avian influenza response praised at OIE meeting

OIE meeting congratulates China on bird flu response

By Carina Perkins

China’s efforts at controlling the H7N9 avian influenza (AI) outbreak were celebrated by delegates at the 81st General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE),which took place in Paris on 28 May.

Stranded NZ meat cleared for export to China

Stranded NZ meat cleared for export to China

By Carina Perkins

New Zealand authorities claim they have resolved a trading impasse with China which has left hundreds of pallets of frozen beef and sheep meat stranded in ports for weeks.

Australian farmers given drought reprieve

Australian farmers given drought reprieve

By Nicholas Robinson

Cattle farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have welcomed new rules which will give them more access to land for grazing their livestock.

India subsidises broiler rearing

India subsidises broiler rearing

By Raghavendra Verma in Lucknow, India

The government of Uttar Pradesh state in India has introduced an ambitious scheme to incentivise the rearing of millions of broiler chickens.

China has launched a campaign against meat fraud

China builds blacklist following meat frauds

By Wang Fangqing, in Shanghai

The government of China’s largest city, Shanghai, is building a blacklist of fraudulent food traders targeted for law enforcement, as a series of meat frauds have emerged nationwide.

Live exports: Australian goats mistreated in Malaysia

Australian live export industry faces new scandal

By Carina Perkins

Australia has been hit by yet another live export scandal after a welfare group released footage allegedly showing cruel treatment of Australian goats and cattle in Malaysia.

Live export concerns over breeder livestock

Australian breeding livestock export review criticised

By Carina Perkins

Australian animal rights campaigners have slammed recommendations made by an independent review into the welfare of exported breeding livestock, warning that it failed to contain any measures that will prevent abuse.

Bird flu H7N9 in China

Chinese Premier urges caution on bird flu

By Carina Perkins

China’s Premier has called for vigilance against the outbreak of H7N9 bird flu spreading across the country, as authorities and experts point to poultry markets as the most likely source.

Disasters like drought can affect livestock production

India plans disaster rescue unit for livestock

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

The Indian government is to create a national Veterinary Emergency Response Unit, charged with protecting the country’s huge livestock population during natural disasters, such as floods, fires, droughts and earthquakes, a New Delhi conference has heard.

OIE warns over detecting bird flu in China

OIE warns over detecting bird flu in China

By Carina Perkins

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has warned that the current outbreak of avian influenza H7N9 in China will be difficult to control, because birds infected with the virus show no visible signs of illness.

Bird flu hits China's fresh poultry sales

Bird flu hits China's fresh poultry sales

By Wang Fangqing, in Shanghai

China’s meat sector has told that demand for fresh meat is slumping nationwide because of the new outbreak of H7N9 avian flu centred on Shanghai.

DAFF: cattle at the abattoir were not ESCAS consignments

No ESCAS welfare breaches at Israeli abattoir, says DAFF

By Carina Perkins

An investigation into the treatment of Australian cattle and sheep at an abattoir in Israel has found no breach of live export guidelines, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has claimed.

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