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UK cattle supply on a downward trend

UK cattle supply on a downward trend

By Melodie Michel

UK cattle slaughterings dropped by 6% in the second half of 2011, mainly due to a reduction in young bull kill, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has announced.

Industry rejects EU decision on labelling

Industry rejects EU decision on labelling

By Melodie Michel

The European meat industry has criticised a decision by the European Parliament not to introduce food labelling that would display percentages of cuts in salt, fat and sugar.

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

By Melodie Michel

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide a scientific assessment of the risks related to the Schmallenberg virus.

Dutch urge joint response to Schmallenberg virus

Dutch urge joint response to Schmallenberg virus

By MJ Deschamps

The Dutch government is pressing for a co-ordinated European Union (EU) response to fighting the Schmallenberg virus, a damaging disease spreading rapidly among livestock across Europe.

UK poultry sector ‘under-performing’

UK poultry sector ‘under-performing’

By Melodie Michel

The UK poultry sector needs to focus on consolidation, efficiency and internationalisation to maintain its competitiveness on the EU market, a new report has suggested.

John Giles is a divisional director with Promar International

Overview of the world poultry sector and the role of Thailand

By John Giles, Promar International

Global broiler production has increased by 37% between 2002 to 2011. Production increased from 59m tonnes in 2002 to 81m tonnes in the main producing countries in 2011. Total world production could however be up to 100m tonnes per annum based on latest...

Welsh anticipate USA opening for lamb exports

Welsh anticipate USA opening for lamb exports

By Arabella Mileham

The Welsh meat industry has claimed that it is only a matter of time before the USA lifts its restrictions and allows exports of red meat from the EU.

Brazilian beef exports to recover in 2012

Brazilian beef exports to recover in 2012

By Melodie Michel

Beef exporters have the potential to increase their revenue by 10% to over $6bn in 2012, the Brazilian Association of Meat Export Industries (Abiec) has announced.

UK processors question publication of inspection data

UK processors question publication of inspection data

By Arabella Mileham

The organisation which regulates and enforces food safety and public health across the UK has caused controversy by publishing the first round of audits of approved slaughterhouses and cutting plants, as well as a list of establishments which it deems...

EU in talks to lift Thai chicken ban

EU in talks to lift Thai chicken ban

By Melodie Michel

The European Commission (EC) is in discussion with Thailand to potentially lift the ban on fresh chicken at the end of June 2012, after eight years of suspended trade.

French pork processors call for change

French pork processors call for change

By Melodie Michel

The French union for pork processors (SNIV-SNCP) has called for a reform of the pig industry to maintain the country’s competitiveness on the European market.

OIE director Bernard Vallat

OIE likely to ban growth-promoting antibiotics

By Melodie Michel

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is likely to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics on livestock in the next few years, OIE director Bernard Vallat has said.

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

EU sets out new animal welfare strategy

By Arabella Mileham

The European Union (EU) is launching a new strategy for animal welfare, as it says the current uniform approach has caused varying levels of compliance across member states that has not guaranteed the real welfare of animals, and has caused economic and...

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

French beef production to drop by 5% in 2012

By Melodie Michel

French beef and veal production is expected to go down by 5% in 2012, following two years of increase, the Institut de l’Elevage (livestock institute) has revealed.

Food exports help Ireland’s economy

Food exports help Ireland’s economy

By Ann Marie Foley

Agri-food’s role in getting Ireland out of its economic crisis received a boost, as food exports grew at three times the rate of total merchandise exports in the first nine months of 2011.

SAC Dr Alan Renwick presenting the report at the Oxford Farming Conference

World agricultural power in the balance

By Melodie Michel

Power in the world’s meat market is expected to stay concentrated in Europe and North America despite growing pressure from emerging economies, a new report shows.

Ending pig castration in the EU: a long road ahead

Ending pig castration in the EU: a long road ahead

By Carina Perkins

Earlier this month, farmers, meat processors, retailers, scientists, veterinarians and animal welfare lobbyists gathered in Amsterdam to discuss progress towards voluntarily ending pig castration in Europe by 2018. Carina Perkins reports on some of the...

Germany a powerhouse on pig production

Promar International Analysis

Germany a powerhouse on pig production

By Andrew McLay, Promar International

In terms of the European pig industry, Germany is without doubt the power house of the region for both consumption and production.

Venison warning

Venison warning

Contamination warnings from the UK food agency highlights yet another food product containing the illegal dye Sudan 1 and issues a follow-up warning about eating venison products containing meat contaminated with the drugs immobilon and revivon.

Russia opens up

Russia opens up

Russia is to allow imports of boneless Canadian beef, so long as the meat can be satisfactorily proven to be free of mad cow disease (BSE).

Label law

Label law

Pig producers in the UK are calling for tighter legislation to govern the labelling of pork. Many producers claim that a current loophole in the law is allowing some processors to pass off foreign pork as British.

Welsh confirm quality

Welsh confirm quality

Welsh lamb has joined Cornish clotted cream, West Country farmhousecheddar cheese and stilton cheese on the list of 34 UK productsrecognised by the EU for their quality and regional identity.

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