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Euthanasia threat for Australian sheep

Euthanasia threat for Australian sheep

By Carina Perkins

Thousands of Australian sheep which were accepted into Pakistan after being rejected by Bahrain veterinary authorities may be euthanised on animal health grounds.

Australian pork sector invests in R&D

Australian pork sector invests in R&D

By Ed Bedington

The Australian pork industry is investing in the industry’s future with a series of honours and postgraduate places up for grabs.

Hong Kong bird flu risk 'low'

Hong Kong bird flu risk 'low'

By Carina Perkins

Hong Kong’s food chief has said that the risk of a local avian influenza (AI) outbreak remains at a “stable and low level”, but warned the poultry industry must remain vigilent.

Australia takes FMD precautions

Australia takes FMD precautions

By Carina Perkins

Representatives from across Australia’s meat sector have met to discuss measures to tackle the threat posed by foot-and-mouth disease.

China moves one step closer to cloned meat

China moves one step closer to cloned meat

By Wang Fangqing, in Shanghai

The Beijing University of Agriculture (BUA) has welcomed the success of a groundbreaking project to develop a more robust domestic meat and livestock industry by using cloned animals.

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.

Arabella Mileham

Australian pork producers aim to cut carbon

A new bioenergy initiative has been launched in Australia, which will become a ‘one stop shop’ for Australian pork producers that are trying to substantially reduce their carbon footprint.

NZ union concerned over meat inspection changes

NZ union concerned over meat inspection changes

By Melodie Michel

The Public Service Association (PSA) of New Zealand has expressed concern over the government’s decision to delegate meat inspection to processors themselves.

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.

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