Meat

Thai company signs poultry deals in China

Thai company signs poultry deals in China

By Carina Perkins

Thai firm Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has agreed to significant poultry investments in China as part of a drive to improve agricultural productivity in the country.

Australia to review livestock exports

Australia to review livestock exports

By Nicholas Robinson

The Australian government will review its standards for the export of livestock as well as the role and function of the Livestock Export Standards Advisory Group.

Australian dollar hits beef exports

Australian dollar hits beef exports

By Nicholas Robinson

The high Australian dollar and problems in major world economies are hampering Australian exports of beef, according to Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA’s) 2012 mid-year cattle projection update.

Australia discovers new chicken virus

Australia discovers new chicken virus

By Nicholas Robinson

A new infectious chicken virus, which stems from a European vaccine, has been discovered by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Australia upholds live cattle exports

Australia upholds live cattle exports

By Carina Perkins

Australia’s federal government has dismissed proposals to ban the live export of cattle and introduce mandatory pre-slaughter stunning in abattoirs that process Australian livestock.

Australia lifts abattoir welfare standards

Australia lifts abattoir welfare standards

By Melodie Michel

The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced measures to improve animal welfare at abattoirs after an undercover video exposing cruelty sparked controversy in February.

China and Bhutan deal with fresh bird flu outbreaks

China and Bhutan deal with fresh bird flu outbreaks

By Wang Fangqing, in Shanghai; Tenzing Lamsang, in Thimphu, Bhutan

The Chinese government is fighting to contain a fresh outbreak of avian flu virus H5N1 in central China farms, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Red meat cuts depression in women, says study

Red meat cuts depression in women, says study

By Melodie Michel

Eating the recommended amount of red meat every day could cut the risk of anxiety and depression in women, researchers at Deakin University in Australia have said.

China’s pork sector: A global powerhouse

China’s pork sector: A global powerhouse

By Liz Bonsall, Promar International

China is now clearly the world’s largest player in the global pork industry and produces and consumes over half of all pork in the world. While Chinese prices are currently soaring, due to a combination of increasing corn prices and strong domestic demand,...

China develops organic meat sector

China develops organic meat sector

By Mark Godfrey, in Beijing

China’s organic meat producers are increasingly targeting the country’s growing middle class, but prices remain high and standards confusing.

Carbon calculation

Focus on New Zealand

Carbon calculation

By Carina Perkins

Given its distance from many of its meat export markets, New Zealand has to prove itself squeaky clean when it comes to environmental issues, including carbon footprinting.

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

Focus on New Zealand

Rocky ride for NZ lamb

By Carina Perkins

With lamb supply dropping away, New Zealand has struggled to keep up with global demand and prices have soared, so is there a turnaround on the horizon?

Indonesian abattoirs under investigation

Indonesian abattoirs under investigation

By Carina Perkins

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is continuing to investigate a complaint of alleged animal welfare concerns at three Indonesian abattoirs.

Positive outlook for Australian sheep sector

Positive outlook for Australian sheep sector

By Melodie Michel

The Australian sheep industry expects a positive year in 2012, with a 4.2% increase in livestock numbers, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced.

Low pathogenic bird flu threatens Australian exports

Low pathogenic bird flu threatens Australian exports

By Melodie Michel

Japan and Hong Kong have suspended imports of Australian poultry products, including meat and eggs, following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on a duck farm in Victoria.

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

By Carina Perkins

Hong Kong officials have warned of a possible outbreak of bird flu after a chicken carcass from a poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

Schröder: resume talks

Schröder: resume talks

Following the failure of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancún, Mexico, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder issued an appeal to all parties concerned to resume talks as soon as possible.

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