A sales executive said it had been 12 years since China recorded a fall in beef prices

Chinese beef firm blames falling prices for first-quarter loss

By Mark Godfrey

One of China’s most ambitious cattle breeders and genetics companies, Xinjiang Tianshan Animal Husbandry Bio-engineering Co, has blamed a fall in beef and mutton prices for what it predicts is a $2m loss in the first quarter of 2016.

Alpaca meat is being considered a superfood by some in Australia

Alpaca meat hot on Australia’s menu

By Oscar Rousseau

Think-tanks all over the world have called for the need to diversify protein to ensure a more sustainable food economy, but is eating alpaca meat a step too far? 

An Australian poultry processor has been fined for violating environmental requirements

Supreme Poultry and Chickens fined $30,000

By Aidan Fortune

A poultry processing plant in New South Wales (NSW), Australia has been fined for breaching conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL). 

The ACCC said it recognised people may 'fear retribution' for speaking out on wrongdoing

Australia’s watchdog plans beef sector dissection

By Oscar Rousseau

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans for a major probe and analysis into competition, efficiency and transparency in the country’s red meat industry.

Guinness World Records:Hay bale has not been offically confirmed as a record-breaker

Meat firm buys $30k hay bale

By Oscar Rousseau

The chief executive of Australian business Western Meat Packers Group (WMPG) has potentially set a new world record for a bale of hay that cost $30,000 Australian dollars.

Fortune Ng Fung Food has turned its attention to restaurants to drive its growth

Chinese beef firm refocuses priorities

By Mark Godfrey

Restaurants, rather than meat counters, are the road to profits for a major Chinese beef processor, which operates high-end outlets across Beijing.

It's unclear if the outbreak of AI will result in poultry trade bans for South Korea

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

By Oscar Rousseau

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. 

A total of 165 containers of rotting meat were found at the Philippine port

Abandoned meat to be destroyed

By Aidan Fortune

The Philippine government has approved the disposal of 171 containers of pork that were abandoned at the Bureau of Customs at Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Cleaver's ethos is that all food animals should be allowed to roam free in their paddock

Australian meat firm redesigns organic labelling

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian clean meat company Cleaver’s has redesigned its meat packaging to help consumers easily identify the ethical and humane way the company believes meat should be produced.

Meat traders plan to wait until 31 March before considering a protest

Mumbai meat traders angry with airport sales restrictions

By Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Meat traders in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai are concerned about a potentially precedent-setting tightening of restrictions on sales within a 10-kilometre radius of the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. 

The app can even work in remote areas without 3G or 4G phone reception

App helps Aussie farmers improve standards

By Oscar Rousseau

A newly-launched app for beef farmers has been developed to help the meat and livestock industry set up a forage budget and improve best practices among producers.

Beef and lamb exports helped New Zealand enjoy a strong year of international trade

Meat demand bolsters New Zealand export growth

By Oscar Rousseau

New Zealand meat exports have been one of the key performers of 2015, helping the country earn NZ$2.5 billion more than the amount it spent on imported goods last year.

New safety law pledges to use criminal penalties to punish food safety transgressors

Chinese authorities split over antibiotic overuse

By Oscar Rousseau

China’s top regulator for food safety has said overuse of antibiotics is a “prominent problem” for the country’s meat industry and has called for agriculture and meat processors to do more to reduce traces of antibiotics. 

Australia is looking to Thailand for live cattle exports

Thailand tipped as key market for Australian beef

By Oscar Rousseau

Thailand has been earmarked as a potential processing and distribution hub for Western Australian live cattle exports, according to a government report on trade opportunities in south-east Asia.

The acquisition may help Nichols Poultry expand its operation in mainland Australia

TasFood eyes Nichols Poultry acquisition

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian agrifood business TasFood Limited is planning a takeover of the family-owned, Tasmanian chicken producer Nichols Poultry. 

Contract refusals sparked months of protracted talks culminating in a legal fight

Affco’s meat workers win legal fight

By Oscar Rousseau

An employment court has ruled 200 workers from the New Zealand meat company Affco should be returned to their day shifts, after being locked out of the plant for refusing to work at night.

Legislation on animal welfare in China has been slow

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

By Mark Godfrey

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding and slaughtering enterprises to draft the standards.

Yurun Food Group's HQ in Nanjing, China

China's slowdown hits second-biggest pork company

By Mark Godfrey

Yurun Food, China’s number-two pork player, continues to go through turbulent times, with some industry watchers forecasting a sell-off of company assets this year to get the firm back on track, after a massive investment in real estate has exposed the...

Andrew 'Reidy' Reid speaks to an Australian cattle farmer about biodiversity

Australia’s #GoodMeat campaign returns

By Oscar Rousseau

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has kick-started its popular #GoodMeat social media campaign to educate consumers on traceability, biodiversity, animal welfare and climate change.

Kazakhstan's government is keen to explore export potential of beef

Largest halal beef farm to be built in Kazakhstan

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Dubai-based company AMK Metal Fzco is to construct a livestock farm for 20,000 head of cattle and a meat processing plant for the production of 5,000 tonnes (t) of high-quality beef in Kazakhstan, following an agreement concluded between the company and...

Mongolia's Meat Union: exports to Asia and Russia could top $300m

Mongolia pumps money into meat export development

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Mongolia intends to increase the volume of meat exports to Russia, Vietnam, South Korea and China in the next few years, according to a recent statement from the country’s Agricultural Minister Radnaa Burmaa. 

Jiading district people's court is due to deliver a verdict on a case involving producing fake or substandard products

Meat supplier awaits verdict on major food safety trial

By Mark Godfrey

Many eyes are trained on the Jiading district people’s court in Shanghai this week, which is due to deliver a verdict on the trial of staff from two subsidiaries of the OSI Group, the Illinois-based US meat firm that is a major meat supplier in China. 

Thai Union employees, fully registered with legal work permits

Thai Union finds work for 1,000 axed staff

By Oscar Rousseau

International seafood processor Thai Union has given jobs to more than 1,000 workers who were made redundant in a restructuring of its external supply chain.

In 2014, Hong Kong culled thousands of chickens after the H7 strain was found

Bird flu virus claims Chinese woman's life

By Oscar Rousseau

A woman from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after she became infected with the deadly H5N6 bird flu strain, Hong Kong’s Health Department has said. 

First Cut Pure Australian Beef is now available online in China

Australian beef goes online in China

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian cattle producer Bindaree Beef Group has entered the realm of internet shopping and will start offering fine cuts of beef online in China. 

The new facility will almost be solely focused on supplying meat to Russia

Kazakhstan launches major halal meat processing plant

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Kazakhstan’s LLP Aktepa Company has opened a major meat processing plant in the Aktobe region in the west of the country. The new facility is certified to halal standards and will process 7,200 tonnes of beef annually. 

Meat Expo China was held in Shanghai

China meat sector pumps cash into automation

By Wang Fangqing, in Shanghai

With demand for quality and safe meat products consistently increasing within mainland China, a major industry conference in Shanghai has heard how purchases of processing machinery are also on the rise.

The Qingdao site will bolster competitiveness on the global market

Meat firms in China and Australia strike $46m deal

By Oscar Rousseau

China’s Shandong Delisi Food will invest CNY300m ($46m) with Australia’s Yolarno Pty to develop a meat processing site in a deal both parties feel is a “win-win” scenario.

China to master industrialised cattle cloning in 2016

China plans cloning factory

By Oscar Rousseau

China is set to produce an extra one million cows a year… and they will all be clones.

Australia's 'cattle king' land valued at $252m

Australia blocks farmland sale to foreign investors

By Barbara Barkhausen

The sale of Australia’s largest cattle property portfolio by S Kidman & Co to a foreign investor has been blocked by Australia’s Treasurer - finance minister Scott Morrison.


ICCAW president defends China’s stance on pig welfare

By Oscar Rousseau

Growing consideration of animal welfare in China has caused a “mini industrial revolution”, the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) president Xi Chunling has said.

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