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Hong Kong opens up to UK bone-in beef

Hong Kong opens up to UK bone-in beef

By Flemmich Webb

Hong Kong has agreed to accept UK bone-in beef imports 16 years after all British beef exports were banned due to the BSE crisis.

EU moves on CAP could benefit Scotland

EU moves on CAP could benefit Scotland

By Arabella Mileham

Reform of the European CAP offers Scotland opportunities, but independence must be addressed, according to a Scottish MEP. 

Trade relations worsen between Russia and EU

Trade relations between Russia and EU worsens

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Denmark has announced a complete ban on exports of breeding pigs into Russian, Belarus and Kazakhstan after trade relations between Russia and the EU worsened.

EU urged to implement welfare standards

EU urged to implement welfare standards

By Ed Bedington

Animal welfare activists are calling on the European Commission to adopt rules to protect the welfare of beef cattle across the union.

UK body issues warning on supply chain

UK body issues warning on supply chain

By Ed Bedington

With global meat exports on the rise, greater co-operation and understanding throughout the UK supply chain is vital if the sector is to overcome the challenges of tightening supplies, according to the UK’s beef and lamb levy body Eblex.

Russia to reach poultry self-sufficiency this year

Russia to reach poultry self-sufficiency this year

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The index of poultry meat production in Russia has hit the levels predicted by industry representatives for the first quarter of 2012, leading them to claim that the country will become self-sufficient in poultry meat this year.

UK’s NFU boss attacks GM wheat vandals

UK’s NFU boss attacks GM wheat vandals

By Ed Bedington

Anti-GM wheat attackers are the equivalent of Nazi book-burners, according to the president of the UK National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Bacon, pork and sausages boost Cranswick

Bacon, pork and sausages boost Cranswick

By Arabella Mileham

UK food producer Cranswick has reported strong underlying revenue growth after successfully recovering margins in the second half of the financial year.

Proposed pork facility to be Russia’s largest

Proposed pork facility to be Russia’s largest

By Vladislav Vorotnikov, Moscow, Russia

Agro-industrial holding Bio-tone has announced plans to begin construction of a new multi-million pig farm and processing plant, which it claims will be the largest pork production complex in Russia.

UK signs £50m pork deal with China

UK signs £50m pork deal with China

By Melodie Michel

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has agreed a £50m pork export deal with China during a delegation to the country.

BSE case could boost US beef exports to Russia

BSE case could boost US beef exports to Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The re-emergence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the US could lead to a short-term increase in US beef exports to Russia, Russian analysts have said.

EU runs cloning consultation

EU runs cloning consultation

By Keith Nuthall

The meat trade is being asked whether the European Union (EU) should loosen or tighten its rules on the use of cloned animals for meat production.

Cattle production greener when grass-based

Cattle production greener when grass-based

By Carina Perkins

Extensive, grass-fed cattle systems are more environmentally friendly than intensive, grain-based systems, according to a new study from the UK National Trust (NT).

Scotch Beef targets UAE

Scotch Beef targets UAE

By Melodie Michel

Scottish industry association Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is looking to promote the Scotch Beef brand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), now that the UK has received export certification from the Middle Eastern country.

Positive outlook for poultry markets

Positive outlook for poultry markets

By Melodie Michel

The global poultry sector is expected to benefit from positive market conditions and strong prices in the second quarter of 2012, a Rabobank report has revealed.

EU lifting of Thai raw chicken ban to affect world trade

EU lifting of Thai raw chicken ban to affect world trade

By Melodie Michel

Brazil and Argentina will face increased competition on the international poultry market now that the EU has announced it would lift its bird flu-related ban on raw chicken from Thailand on 1 July 2012, a report has said.

Soy: assessing the future for animal feed

Soy: assessing the future for animal feed

By Carina Perkins

When discussing meat's environmental impact, there is a tendency to focus on greenhouse gas emissions. But the production of soy for feed is also of major concern. Carina Perkins looks at the issues

2012 AD

2012 AD

By Melodie Michel

Anaerobic digestion could bring benefits to the UK meat industry's environmental impact, but a lack of clear policy and funding on the issue are holding developments back. Melodie Michel reports

Rusagro profits drop 53% in 2011

Rusagro profits drop 53% in 2011

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian agricultural giant Rusagro registered a 53% drop in net profits in 2011, to RUB2.42bn (US$81.2m).

CIS countries face FMD threat

CIS countries face FMD threat

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is actively spreading on countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

UK trade still crucial to New Zealand

UK trade still crucial to New Zealand

By Fred A'Court

New Zealand’s ambassador in the UK has said that despite the growing importance of business with China, his country should maintain its trade with Britain. He is lobbying fellow New Zealanders to keep the China boom in perspective.

UK to introduce Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)

UK to introduce Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)

By Melodie Michel

The UK has confirmed the introduction of its Groceries Code Adjudicator, a legislative device meant to correct the power imbalance between farmers and supermarkets.

Russia becomes top Brazilian pork importer

Russia becomes top Brazilian pork importer

By Melodie Michel

Russia has reclaimed its place as the first importer of Brazilian pork, representing 29.15% of the country’s exports in April, according to the Brazilian Association of Pork Producers and Exporters (ABIPECS).

Customs Union adopts harmonised meat policy

Customs Union adopts harmonised meat policy

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Countries of the Customs Union – Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus – have decided to create and follow a single policy on meat issues, meaning that import restrictions imposed by any of them on a third country will automatically be extended to the rest of...

European lamb production to increase in 2012

European lamb production to increase in 2012

By Melodie Michel

French agricultural research organisation Institut de l’Elevage (Idele) has forecast a 2% growth in EU lamb slaughterings in 2012, boosted by increased flock numbers in the UK and Ireland.

Ukraine combats livestock crisis

Ukraine combats livestock crisis

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture has set a target to reverse the current downward trend in livestock numbers as soon as possible, and to stabilise its meat production.

New FMD strain threatens Middle East

New FMD strain threatens Middle East

By Melodie Michel

A novel strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) discovered in Egypt and Libya in February has now spread to the Gaza Strip, putting Gulf countries at risk, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

UK government increases measures to combat bovine TB

UK government increases measures to combat bovine TB

By Melodie Michel

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further control measures, due to be implemented on 1 July 2012, to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in England.

UK quality scheme hits back at low welfare claims

UK quality scheme hits back at low welfare claims

By Melodie Michel

UK quality scheme Red Tractor has hit back at a report that claimed its welfare standards were lower than most other assurances, calling it “prejudged” and “biased”.

French producers “strangled” by supermarkets

French producers “strangled” by supermarkets

By Melodie Michel

French meat producers are have called on their union to negotiate better prices with supermarkets, arguing that the rise in feed costs is not covered in their contracts.

CIWF worried about EU stall ban compliance

CIWF worried about EU stall ban compliance

By Melodie Michel

Animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has expressed concerns over member state compliance to the EU sow stall ban, as only 10 countries are expected to have made the transition by January 2013.

Strategy for growth

Focus on Denmark

Strategy for growth

By Melodie Michel

Co-operative the Tican Group has adopted several methods to improve production and ensure steady growth in the past 15 years, but the size and location of its abattoir are set to prove a challenge for the future.

The future of Danish co-operative slaughterhouses

Focus on Denmark

The future of Danish co-operative slaughterhouses

By Melodie Michel

What sets the Danish pig industry apart is its co-operative structure, within which abattoirs are entirely owned by farmers. The first co-operative was created in 1887 and, by 1963, there were 77.

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