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The bill will ban the export of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses for fattening and slaughter. Image Source: Johnny Greig/Getty Images

Exports of livestock for slaughter on the chopping block in UK

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Among the legislation announced alongside the King’s Speech on Tuesday was a ban on the export of UK livestock for fattening and slaughter. The decision, if it gets through Parliament, will have a keen impact on both animal welfare and animal agriculture...

ZM Zakrzewscy has boosted its beef sites in a bid to increase exports to the EU, Canada and South America

Polish meat producer opens cutting facility to boost beef exports

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Polish meat producer ZM Zakrzewscy has launched a meat-cutting facility, fitted with a total surface of some 3,000 square metres, with the aim of increasing its exports of beef to the European Union, according to senior company representatives.

MPI admits unfit animals do arrive at abattoirs, but recent figures could not be obtained

App launched to stop the transport of weak animals

By Oscar Rousseau

A mobile app to help farmers determine if an animal is fit for transport has been launched, after New Zealand’s government admitted unfit animals have arrived at abattoirs.

Dairy farmers are voluntarily making a positive contribution to water issues, a new report says. Pic: ©iStock/naruedom

NZ dairy farmers tackling water issues, says new report

By Jim Cornall

An independently-audited report into New Zealand’s dairy farmers’ environmental challenges says ‘significant progress’ has been made in the three years since a water accord was adopted, but more progress is needed, according to the country’s Green Party.

Wellard plans to deliver mass amounts of halal meat in time for Ramadan

Wellard wins Indonesian permits for beef exports

By Oscar Rousseau

Australian livestock exporter Wellard has secured permits from the Indonesian government to ship 250,000 live cattle to the archipelago state between May and August this year.

Cecilia Ruiz (centre) with executives of Spain meat companies

Ireland woos Spanish cattle heads

By Oscar Rousseau

The Irish ambassador to Spain, David Cooney, has hosted a joint dinner with the Irish food body Bord Bía to promote exports of Irish cattle to Spain.

Russia will use drones to monitor crop conditions in real-time

Miratorg spends millions on drones and hunters

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg’s giant beef complex is to start using unmanned aircraft (drones) and has hired several brigades of hunters to protect crops and livestock, according to a statement from the company’s management.

Cogent aims to build its international beef genetics programme

UK beef genetics firm buys Canadian business

By Chloe Ryan

UK-based Cogent Breeding, which supplies beef and dairy genetics to more than 40 countries worldwide, has acquired Foundation Genetics, the specialist Canadian bovine genetics business.

Lower demand, falling prices and abattoir delays at this time of the year seem to be perennial problems

Scottish beef market under pressure

By Oli Haenlein

Scottish beef producers are suffering severe pressure on price and experiencing marketing delays during the crucial spring months, according to the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS).

The move is designed to increase capacity for local producers

Turkey opens to feeder cattle

By Oli Haenlein

Turkey has opened its doors to feeder cattle imports to members of associations and cooperatives who have signed contracts for the animals with Turkey’s Meat and Milk Board (ESK).

The livestock industry needs food producers, retailers and consumers to show cooperation and a willingness to pay for products produced with a reduced environmental impact, say the researchers.

Food labels could reduce livestock environmental impacts

By Nathan Gray

The use of ‘single-focus’ labels on food products could be a small change that leads to a big difference in reducing the environmental impacts of livestock on water availability, say researchers.

The government has been urged to ensure the scheme is directed at producers who are willing to improve

Zimbabwe announces livestock support scheme

By Ceaser Mhukahuru, in Harare

The Zimbabwe government recently announced a USD$51.2 million livestock support scheme with the goal of producing 400,000 tonnes of beef per annum by 2018, in line with the country’s economic blueprint, Zim Asset.

International demand has been weakened due to poor hygiene standards

Need for investment in Nigeria’s livestock sector

By Frank Garriba, in Abuja

The poor health and welfare reputation of Nigeria’s abattoirs and meat processors has undermined the reputation of its meat sector, helping reduce exports to a derisory level.

Government under fire for badger cull

UK government looks to extend bTB badger cull

By Nicholas Robinson

Only 708 badgers were removed following a pilot cull carried out in the south-west England, despite the UK government planning to kill more than twice as many.

Beef was biggest driver of rise in Irish food exports

Meat drives Irish food exports

By Carina Perkins

Meat was the major driver behind an increase in Irish food and drink exports this year, according to Irish food board Bord Bía.

Anthrax outbreak has infected cattle and people in Moldova

Moldova faces anthrax threat

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

An outbreak of anthrax has been registered in Moldova, according to Vasile Sokhotskii, head of Moldova’s Department of Especially Dangerous Infections under the National Centre of Public Health.

Scientists to identify disease-resistant genes

EU project analyses genetic resistance to disease in livestock

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

A European Union (EU) funded research project called Quantomics has been investigating the hereditary information of cattle and chicken to discover the genes that make them more resistant to diseases and infections.

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