World meat industry news

MEPs Extend Animal Cloning Ban to Feed, Food and Imports

  • 19 Jun 13:48

MEPs Extend Animal Cloning Ban to Feed, Food and Imports A draft law to ban the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports, in the EU was voted by the Environment and Agriculture committees yesterday (Wednesday 17 June). MEPs beefed up the European Commission’s initial proposal, citing high mortality rates at all development stages of cloning and EU citizens’ animal welfare and ethical concerns. "Due to the negative effects on animal welfare, cloning for farming purposes is rejected by a large majority of consumers. Furthermore, we do not need cloning to ensure meat supplies in the EU. Prohibiting cloning is therefore a matter of. Read more...

UK Refuses to Introduce New EU Animal Health Law

  • 19 Jun 13:46

UK Refuses to Introduce New EU Animal Health Law In a surprise development at this week's European Union Farm Council meeting, the United Kingdom said it would not be signing up to a new 'Animal Health Law' agreed by Brussels and the European Parliament. The law will merge and update many scattered items of old legislation, so as to help prevent and halt new outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever and keep pace with scientific progress. "This agreement is a big step forward for the farming community. The most important achievement is that the new law will for the first time establish a clear link between animal welfare, animal health and public health. "It is also a. Read more...

Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger

  • 19 Jun 13:39

Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger A United Nations’ target set in 2000 to reduce global hunger by a half by 2015 had almost been achieved.According to the State of Food Insecurity in the World report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Find for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme, 72 countries out of the 129 being monitored had achieved the First Millennium Development Goad of “cutting by half the proportion of people, who suffer from hunger by 2015”. A total of 29 of these countries had reached the World Food Summit goal set in 1996 to “eradicate hunger in all countries, with an intermediate view to reducing. Read more...

New FAO Guide Aims to Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture

  • 18 Jun 12:03

New FAO Guide Aims to Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture A new guide by FAO aims to help ensure anti-child labour measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, in particular those targeting family farmers. Programmes intended to boost local food production and support family farmers often do include components to address the issue of child labour in agriculture. But sometimes they do not, and can even contribute to the problem when improvements in productive capacity lead to increased labour demands that are met through child workers. And many agricultural development programmes do not monitor or evaluate the impact they have or may have on child labour. FAO's new guide seeks to. Read more...

US Repeals COOL Law

  • 17 Jun 11:46

US Repeals COOL Law On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted 300-131 to repeal the mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) law for beef, pork and poultry, says a University of Missouri weekly update. This vote followed the fourth ruling against the U.S. law by the World Trade Organization, write Professors Ron Plain and Scott Brown. This is an attempt to keep Canada and Mexico from implementing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. Action by the Senate is still needed. The June WASDE reduced USDA's forecast of 2015 beef production by 1.1 per cent, but increased their 2016 prediction by 0.9 per cent. They are now predicting 1 per cent less beef this year than last and 3 per cent more. Read more...

European Feed Production Decreased in 2014

  • 17 Jun 11:44

European Feed Production Decreased in 2014 Members of the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) showed lower compound feed production last year compared with 2013, in final estimates presented at the organisation's Annual General Meeting in Cologne recently. Compound feed production in the EU-28 in 2014 reached 153.4 million t, which is 0.5 per cent less than in 2013. While pig feed and cattle feed production dropped by 1.2 per cent, poultry feed has seen its volume of production grow by 0.3 per cent. As a consequence, poultry feed consolidated its position of leading segment of EU compound feed production, now well ahead of pig feed. The most important factor having impacted feed production. Read more...

Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU

  • 16 Jun 12:27

Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU Tension and anxiety is rising in Russia over the spread of African swine fever in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. According to figures from the Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, the number of cases in Europe has reached 482, with 85 in Lithuania, 66 in Poland, 288 in Latvia and 43 in Estonia. Russia has reported 18 cases of African swine fever since the beginning of the year and the veterinary authority said that the disease is in decline. In a new report, Rosselkhoznador has said that it had repeatedly issued warnings about the potential threat of the disease and had called for close international cooperation to prevent its spread, since it. Read more...

World Pork Expo 2015: Upbeat and Focused on the Future

  • 16 Jun 12:25

World Pork Expo 2015: Upbeat and Focused on the Future World Pork Expo just completed its 27th year, drawing approximately 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from 41 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, June 3-5. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s Expo featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, while its Junior National again set records for youth participation. The Big Grill served up 10,000 free pork lunches, a range of seminars attracted abundant crowds, and meaningful discussions about global issues, from trade agreements to the future of antibiotics, occurred throughout the week. “This year’s Expo was the best I have ever. Read more...

Not Kidding About Goat Profit

  • 11 Jun 09:21

Not Kidding About Goat Profit Goatmeat is establishing as an industry in Australia and attracting the media after a $240 million export year in 2014. This is according to Meat and Livestock Australia, hot on the heels of a television appearance from MLA's Goat Industry Development Manager, Julie Petty. New records were set last year with 2.13 million head of goats processed. International customers include the US, Taiwan and China, writes the MLA team. Kyle McDonald of McDonald Holdings, a Charleville, Queensland, goat producer who featured on Landline, has made goats an integral part of his family’s mixed farming business for more than 15 years. Market Opportunity Between. Read more...

Survey Shows Consumers' Interest in Labelling of Non-stun Slaughtered Meat

  • 11 Jun 09:18

Survey Shows Consumers' Interest in Labelling of Non-stun Slaughtered Meat The British Veterinary Association has called on the European Commission to back proposals to introduce labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat after a study found 72 per cent of people want information on stunning of animals when buying meat. The survey asked 13,500 meat consumers across 27 EU Member States their opinions on meat slaughtered without stunning. It was commissioned in July 2011 to assess the public’s appetite for labelling, after European Parliament proposals to include labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat in Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers were withdrawn in order to achieve consensus. Commenting,. Read more...