Cattle

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.

Cattle slaughter is up in Ireland

Big jump in Irish cattle slaughter numbers

By Alyson Magee

Cattle throughput is up by over 9% for the year-to-date in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), including increases of 20% for steers and 13% for cows, driven by stronger trading as well as faster disposal of stock and higher mortality rates due to the fodder...

Beef boosts Irish food exports

Beef boosts Irish food exports

By Alyson Magee

Strong beef sales have contributed to a 27% value hike in Irish food and drink exports over the last three years to €9bn in 2012, while trade with the UK has risen by 5% over the last year alone to €3.8bn or 42% of all exports.

NI fallen cattle numbers are rising

NI cattle deaths rise in bad weather

By Alyson Magee

Northern Irish beef farmers lost an estimated £3.1m last month and supply shortages are expected later in the year, after adverse weather conditions pushed fallen cattle numbers up by 113%.

Schmallenberg arrives in Scotland

Schmallenberg arrives in Scotland

By Carina Perkins

Scottish authorities have confirmed that they now have evidence that the Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) is circulating in Scotland.

European supermarket survey

European supermarket survey

By Line Elise Svanevik

A biennial UK supermarket welfare survey is due to be extended across Europe for the first time, due to interest from companies on the Continent.

Irish farmers call for support

Irish farmers call for support

By Nicholas Robinson

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) John Bryan has called on the nation to assist the recovery of Ireland’s farming sector.

Namibia sees beef exports plummet

Namibia sees beef exports plummet

By Arabella Mileham

The beef trade in Namibia decreased by 28.8% in the first six months of 2012, the Meat Board of Namibia has revealed in its six-monthly review, with exports “significantly lower” than the same period in 2011.

Polish campaign to drive domestic consumption

Polish campaign to drive domestic consumption

By Arabella Mileham

Poland is embarking on a major new campaign to promote beef to the domestic market in an attempt to boost the quality end of the market and reverse the spiralling decline in consumption.

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.

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