World meat industry news

Ten Reasons Why China Needs the US

  • 3 Jun 11:32

Ten Reasons Why China Needs the US China is America’s biggest customer for agricultural products, with almost a fifth of imported goods coming from the US.Today, this is worth $25 billion in annual sales. This was not always the case, however, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS), which has seen growth in Chinese buying develop from around 2-3 per cent in the mid-1990s. Economic reforms, urbanisation and a rapidly developing livestock sector have played a part in a major shift in Chinese demands over the last 20 years. This began to take hold relatively recently, when US agricultural exports to China doubled between 2008 and 2012. China. Read more...

How Do Researchers Develop Avian Flu Vaccines?

  • 2 Jun 10:59

How Do Researchers Develop Avian Flu Vaccines? Avian influenza has been ravaging the US poultry industry, but what are poultry researchers doing to decrease the impact of the disease in future? The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Southeast Poultry Research Lab (SEPRL) is working to evaluate and develop avian influenza vaccines. As part of the SEPRL mission, the lab routinely evaluates existing vaccines against new and emerging avian influenza viruses as well as developing vaccine seed strains that offer the best protection for poultry against avian influenza. There are many steps that need to be taken when SEPRL scientists evaluate or develop an avian influenza vaccine, and because the next steps are. Read more...

Armenia Bans US Poultry Imports

  • 2 Jun 10:58

Armenia Bans US Poultry Imports Armenia has banned the import of poultry products from a number of US states over bird flu concerns, the press service of the Armenian Agriculture Ministry’s service on food safety has said. The country imposed the ban on import of all kinds of poultry products, including raw materials from 17 US states, reportedSputnik International. The ban list includes Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Since December 2014, commercial poultry farms in multiple US states have been hit by avian influenza, affecting over 40 million birds. The virus. Read more...

Avian Flu Challenging Global Trade

  • 1 Jun 11:20

Avian Flu Challenging Global Trade The global case of avian flu has had a big impact on international markets.The global trade streams and prices are expected to remain under pressure for the remainder of 2015, according to Rabobank’s latest Poultry Quarterly Q2 report. The long-term impact may be significant due to several trade bans on breeding stock in importing countries. Producers in countries with balanced markets are continuing to enjoy healthy margins. Global approaches to deal with avian flu are more important than ever. Rabobank expects prices to remain under further pressure in the next months. “Poultry industry fundamentals are facing meaningful headwinds with. Read more...

Belarus Restricts Poultry Imports from US, Kazkhstan

  • 29 May 13:42

Belarus Restricts Poultry Imports from US, Kazkhstan The Veterinary and Food Control Department of Belarus' Agriculture and Food Ministry has placed extra restrictions on imports of poultry and related products following avian influenza outbreaks. In this regard Belarus has introduced restrictions on the import of live birds, hatching eggs, poultry meat, egg powder and other food products from processed eggs, learned Belarusian news organisation BelTA. The ban is in effect against poultry products from the Atyrau Region of Kazakhstan and the US states of California and Indiana, after highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks occurred there. The ban also covers down and feather, feed and feed additives from. Read more...

Russia Ends Six Year Colombia Beef Ban

  • 28 May 12:21

Russia Ends Six Year Colombia Beef Ban Russian food health authority Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted a foot and mouth disease ban imposed on a Colombian region since 2009. Beef, lamb, pork and dairy products from the southern district of Narino have Russian market access, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has been notified. Other regions were not covered by the ban, which exported a combined 1303 tonnes of beef to Russia in 2014. ICA general manager, Luis Humberto Martinez Lacoutre, said the announcement reflects “good relation and trust between the countries.” He added: "The removal of this restriction is a new opportunity for livestock producers in Nariño, because. Read more...

Commission Reports Knock Back Country of Origin Labelling Plans

  • 27 May 11:20

Commission Reports Knock Back Country of Origin Labelling Plans Two reports from the European Commission conclude that the benefits from new mandatory country of origin labelling requirements on food do not clearly outweigh the costs. The reports say that voluntary labelling rules seem to be the most suitable solution. The first report looks at the feasibility of different options for mandatory origin labelling for dairy products and for minor meats, notably horse meat, rabbit meat and meat from game and birds (farmed and wild). Labelling rules are already in place for beef meat, pig meat, poultry meat, sheep meat and goat meat. The report says that considering consumer attitudes towards additional information and potential. Read more...

Hungarian, Russian Poultry Businesses Sign Deal to Open Goose Farm

  • 27 May 11:19

Hungarian, Russian Poultry Businesses Sign Deal to Open Goose Farm A joint venture by Hungarian and Russian partners has been set up with the aim to launch a goose farm in Russia, with the planned investment expected to total up to €17 million, writes Jaroslaw Adamowski. Hungary’s poultry business Hortobágyi Lúdtenyészto Zrt. and Russia’s Ekoferma Zvenyigovo have signed a deal to jointly set up a goose farm in the province of Kirov, western Russia. The agreement was signed by the partners at the Hungarian embassy in Moscow. Under the plan, the joint venture will be established with an initial capital of €2 million. On top of this, a further amount, ranging between €12 million and. Read more...

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • 26 May 12:33

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organisations from around the world have united to call for a trade agreement to improve market access for agricultural products. The organisations advocating for an ambitious, fair and comprehensive TPP agreement are the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Australian National Farmers’ Federation, and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand. Together, they represent hundreds of thousands of farmers, producers, processors and exporters who, in turn, employ millions of workers across. Read more...

International Egg Commission Launches Avian Flu Action Plan

  • 26 May 12:31

International Egg Commission Launches Avian Flu Action Plan The International Egg Commission (IEC) is launching its 'Avian Influenza Action Plan', a series of initiatives related to combating avian influenza. The plan aims to provide immediate support for the egg industry and to co-ordinate a series of actions internationally, with the ultimate long term goal of ridding the egg industry of this destructive disease. IEC will provide a central international communications hub on avian influenza, be the link between the global egg industry and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and be responsible for communicating information and best practices to IEC members and the wider egg industry. First steps are to. Read more...