Seaboard Triumph's plant roared to life on Tuesday 5 September 2017

New US pork plant begins operations

By Aaron McDonald

Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF) has begun commercial operations at its new pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa, US, two years after work on the site started. 

Aurora Alimentos is to create thousands of new jobs

Aurora expansion creates over 2,000 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

Thousands of new jobs will be created by Brazilian meat processor Aurora Alimentos as it aims to increase pork production by double digits. 

China's bird flu struggles have hit local chicken prices, which could dent return on investment

Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

By Oscar Rousseau

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report has claimed.

The PLF-500 can save businesses up to $15,000 per year

Global Re-Fuel develops new poultry biomass furnace

By Aidan Fortune

Energy technology company Global Re-Fuel has developed a new chicken litter-fuelled biomass furnace that is designed to improve poultry health and farmers’ operating margins by more than $15,000 a year per broiler house. 

The infected cow does not pose a public health risk, USDA said

US BSE fears played down by industry

By Aidan Fortune

The US beef industry has moved quickly to allay fears over an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama.

Robert Lighthizer said too many Americans had been 'hurt' by bad trade deals

Trump’s new NAFTA goals backed by beef body

By Oscar Rousseau

Market access is Donald Trump’s top priority ahead of talks to renegotiate trade terms with Canada and Mexico, an objective praised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

A 2015 study found evidence of modern-day slavery in Brazil's agriculture sector

Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

Minerva reportedly axed over 700 jobs when it closed the Mirassol D’Oeste factory

Minerva to reopen beef plant closed in 2015

By Oscar Rousseau

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA will reopen its Mirassol D’Oeste cattle slaughterhouse in July, nearly two years after it shut the plant and axed hundreds of jobs.

US President Donald Trump has been urged to put the interests of the beef industry first

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

By Oscar Rousseau

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The local meat slaughter bill does not have many industry supporters

US meat industry against PRIME Act introduction

By Aidan Fortune

The US meat industry has reacted unfavourably to the potential introduction of legislation that would allow individual states to distribute products intrastate with fewer regulations.

As governor of Georgia, Sonny Perduegained experience of managing a big farm state

Perdue confirmed as US agriculture secretary

By Oscar Rousseau

America’s meat trade has reacted warmly to news that Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has finally been confirmed by the US senate. 

The spread of bird flu represents a financial risk to poultry processors

Bird flu reaches fourth US state

By Oscar Rousseau

The US state of Georgia reported its first-ever outbreak of bird flu this week, bringing the total number of US states affected by the disease this month to four.

Cattlemen will get a chance to raise policy issues with US government officials

US cattle ranchers praise Beef Caucus start

By Oscar Rousseau

US cattlemen have applauded the re-establishment of the Congressional Beef Caucus, set up to educate politicians on policy issues affecting cattle and beef producers.

Frontmatec aims to revolutionise beef production with step-change robotics

IPPE 2017

New merger targets automated cattle slaughter

By Rod Addy

Newly created Frontmatec plans groundbreaking automated cattle slaughter developments, Henrik Andersen, who has just become chief executive of the business, has revealed.

Massachusetts is to vote on animal welfare issues

Massachusetts to vote on stall-restricted livestock

By Ed Zwirn

Voters in Massachusetts are poised to decide on Tuesday [November 8] whether the US state should ban the sale of pork products or veal from animals that cannot turn around or stretch their limbs within their cages. 

The investment has been set aside for the eradication of scrapie in goats and sheep

Canada invests in Scrapie eradication

By Aidan Fortune

The Canadian government has invested CA$345,720 in the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) to implement the Scrapie Eradication Strategic Plan for the sheep and goat industries. 

America's Pig Farmer of the Year, Brad Greenway, said he was 'proud' of the award

America’s number one pig farmer named

By Oscar Rousseau

South Dakota-based pork producer Brad Greenway has been crowned America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, for his efforts to put a face on modern pigmeat production.

Wellard's floating farm the M/V Ocean Shearer can ship 75,000 sheep or 20,000 cattle

Huge livestock carrier gains export approval

By Oscar Rousseau

A ship owned by livestock exporter Wellard, capable of transporting 75,000 sheep, has been granted a certificate to start shipping live animals from Australia.

Marfrig uses advanced technology to map cattle ranches and halt land expansion

Marfrig: halting deforestation ‘critical’

By Oscar Rousseau

Meatpacker Marfrig said halting deforestation and fighting slave-like labour conditions was “critical” to its strategy in Brazil as an independent audit praised the company.

America is clawing back its share of Japan's beef market as Australia loses ground

US beef growing in Japan

By Oscar Rousseau

US beef exporters continue to gain market share as they battle with Australia for dominance in Japan, despite the favourable tariffs enjoyed by Australia’s producers, according to trade data.

Canada's Olymel exports pork and poultry products to over 65 countries

Canadian meat processor Olymel cuts 340 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

One of Canada’s largest pork processors Olymel has slashed 340 jobs after terminating deboning work at its Saint Hyacinthe meat factory in Quebec.

Joyce Farms is turning heads with its de-industrialised meat processing plans

Wholesaler Joyce Farms expands meat plant

By Oscar Rousseau

US meat wholesaler Joyce Farms has announced plans to build another warehouse and chicken hatchery as demand rises for its premium food.


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