China’s poultry industry is expected to continue to grow faster than pork – the nation’s meat of choice, according to a recent report by Rabobank.
A high lambing percentage in 2012-13 meant it was a good year for New Zealand lamb, but this was tempered with a decline in the breeding flock, which meant supply remains tight. Carina Perkins reports
Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak confirmed in China
China has confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among pigs in the southern province of Guangdong.
New Zealand’s government has been criticised for having “inadequate” plans to deal with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, leaving farmers at risk.
Australian lamb has been granted quota-free access to India, Australian authorities have announced.
Hygiene at Delhi’s main abattoir in Ghazipur was severely criticised at the Meat and Poultry Summit, held by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) last week.
India’s domestic meat and poultry industry is struggling to break free from being a traditional backyard trade, even if its exporters are improving standards, a Meat and Poultry Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in New Delhi...
Australia’s Green party has called on the ruling Labor government to “put their money where their mouth is” and make good on promises to establish an independent office of animal welfare.
The leaders of India’s 160-million plus Muslim community, which dominates the country’s meat trade, is complaining of persistent harassment by Hindu "hardliners".
Livestock farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have welcomed a new government fund to tackle animal disease outbreaks.
Strong seasonal demand in the run-up to Chinese New Year in February, combined with icy weather, has driven up Chinese pork prices and raised concerns about inflation in China.
The Australian government is investigating yet another animal welfare scandal after heavily pregnant cows were discovered amongst a shipment of cattle to Mauritius.
Australia exported a record amount of beef last year despite tough trading conditions, according to figures released by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
Indonesia sets beef import quota
Indonesia has set a beef import quota of 80,000 tonnes (t) for 2013. The quota will be divided into 267,000 head of feeder cattle imports, equivalent to 48,000t of beef, and frozen imports of 32,000t.
The National Farmers Federation (NFF) in Australia has urged more banks in the country to pass on interest rate relief to agricultural customers.
Australia extends COOL to unpackaged meat
Australian officials have voted to extend the country’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules to include unpackaged meat.
Australia is facing renewed calls for a live export ban after campaigners released footage of Australian cattle and sheep suffering “shocking abuse” in an abattoir in Israel.
An agreement has been made between the University of Melbourne and a vaccine company to develop a new animal vaccine delivery system.
Australia faces sheepmeat blocks
Australia is facing barriers to the trade of sheepmeat in key markets, including China, India and the EU, according to a research fellow from Murdoch University.
A man has been jailed for seriously breaching Australian biosecurity laws by importing illegal meat products from South Korea.
Indonesian officials have seized a horde of poultry products illegally imported from Malaysia.
The European Union’s (EU) meat industry federation believes a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, whose talks were authorised last week (Thursday), could safeguard and could even increase Europe’s share of the Japanese pork market.
The chief of one of China’s most ambitious beef processing companies has spoken of how his plans are being frustrated by a shortage of cattle, even as demand for beef surges in the country’s urban centres.
Australia’s meat industry has warned that it is now “critical” that the Australia-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations are concluded rapidly.
Lamb production rises in New Zealand
New Zealand has reported an increase in lamb production this spring, although it was still the country’s third-smallest lamb crop since the 1950s.
New Zealand divided over pork imports
New Zealand’s pork industry is fighting a proposal to allow fresh pork to be imported from countries where Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is present.
Beef farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have expressed concern after cattle on a farm in the region tested positive for Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD).
A number of countries have banned poultry products from Australia over bird flu fears despite claims from the country’s authorities that the latest outbreak has been “successfully controlled”.
The Australian Greens have increased pressure on the government to end live exports, publishing a five-point plan for ending the trade and establishing a robust domestic meat processing sector.
Pressure is growing on the Australian government to ban live exports, after footage of the slaughter of thousands of Australian sheep in Pakistan was screened on television.
Bird flu hits Indian government poultry agency
The Indian government agency charged with the development of the national poultry sector has been hit by an outbreak of bird flu on one of its turkey farms, the Office International des Épizooties (OIE), the world animal health organisation has said.
Australian beef set to grow in line with Asian demand
A significant increase in the amount of beef produced by Australia to supply the burgeoning Asian market is predicted in a new Australian Government White Paper.
The amount of money spent on milk, eggs and meat in India has doubled over five years with supply shortages driving up prices and general food inflation.
Indonesia works on animal welfare in abattoirs
A global animal welfare organisation has embarked on a three-year project with veterinarians in Indonesia to improve welfare standards in the country’s abattoirs.
The leader of China’s meat industry has told the country’s annual national meat conference that his sector is starting to consolidate and move away from its past reliance on small businesses.
A global meat processing company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in China, is on its way to becoming one of the country’s biggest poultry processors.
Japan makes food and animal health donation
Japan has donated $104,698 towards helping developing countries improve food and animal health standards.
India will become the largest exporter of beef in the world in 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has concluded in its latest report Livestock and Poultry-World Market and Trade 2012.
The Chinese government is fighting a fresh major outbreak of avian influenza virus H5N1 in southern China, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). It says the outbreak was first reported on 11 September at a duck farm in the city...
The Australian government has said it is “actively assisting” efforts to prevent thousands of Australian sheep from being culled in Pakistan.
Philippines to conduct agriculture census
A major agriculture and fisheries census is to take place in the Philippines in order to update information about the two sectors.
Corn imports to China will hit 20mn tonnes per year by 2017, leading to major reverberations on world markets. This is the likely scenario if current trends in the country’s pork production and industrialisation continue, according to a major study.
Fast food outlets grow presence in Vietnam
A fashion for eating in branded fast food outlets, such as America’s KFC, is helping to drive increased meat consumption in Vietnam, where pork remains king but chicken dominates menus in quick meal chains.
Australia’s agricultural export earnings have been forecast to remain strong in 2013 despite a slight dip in previous expectations.
Thousands of Australian sheep which were accepted into Pakistan after being rejected by Bahrain veterinary authorities may be euthanised on animal health grounds.
Profits down for Australian beef firm
Australian beef cattle producer and agricultural business M P Evans Group has seen overall profit drop by 31%, it announced in its interim half-year results.
The Australian pork industry is investing in the industry’s future with a series of honours and postgraduate places up for grabs.
Vietnam battles bird flu
Vietnam is fighting a new strain of avian influenza which has spread rapidly across seven provinces, according to local media reports.
China reveals huge market for canned meat and poultry
China’s canned meat and poultry market is worth US$3,000m, according to a new report from Beijing analysts Zeefer Consulting.
Australia to investigate improved manure management
Australia’s meat industry leaders have secured funding for research into how livestock manure management can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).