Activists want to see a nation-wide tax on meat to curtail consumption across the US

PETA's ‘absurd’ sin tax on meat blasted

By Oscar Rousseau

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has slammed a stunt from PETA in which animal rights campaigners dressed up as nuns on stilts preaching for a sin tax on meat. 

Ontario, Canada, has been hit with bird flu before when the H5N2 strain struck in April 2015

Avian influenza control zone set up in Ontario

By Aidan Fortune

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment to minimise spread of the disease.

Canada shipped close to 20,000 tonnes of beef to Mexico last year

Mexico lifts ban on Canadian beef

By Oscar Rousseau

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has lifted the last import restrictions on Canadian beef following a meeting with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Price swings have caused headaches for the US beef industry

Extreme volatility hurts US beef industry

By Oscar Rousseau

Week-to-week volatility in the US beef sector has caused more difficulty for the industry than sharp price declines, Rabobank has claimed. 

The rule aims to clarify indoor and outdoor space requirements for organic meat

USDA plans to tighten organic meat policy

By Oscar Rousseau

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make regulatory changes to organic meat and poultry practices, to ensure there’s a national standard to which high-welfare livestock producers adhere.

Peru is a growing market for US beef and the USDA expect imports to rise

Peru approves US beef imports

By Oscar Rousseau

The US trade mission to South America has kicked off positively after politicians successfully negotiated the removal of Peruvian trade barriers on US beef.

The USDA hopes the trade mission can boost the trade of US beef, pork and poultry

US in trade visit to TPP members Chile and Peru

By Oscar Rousseau

Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has led a trade mission of business delegates, including meat officials, to Chile and Peru with a view to boosting bilateral trade. 

Canada will invest CA$1.1m to develop advanced scientific ways to analyse beef carcasses

Canadian government invests in beef industry

By Oscar Rousseau

The Canadian government is to provide funding support to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), which wants to invest in three projects to bolster new and existing markets domestically and abroad.

New laws governing antibiotic use in pig farming to come into effect in 2017

US pork industry ready for antibiotic change

By Oscar Rousseau

A survey on the attitudes held by US pork producers on impending regulatory changes to antibiotic use in intensive farming reveals the sector is ready for change.

Steve Hanson was elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention

Steve Hanson elected as US Beef Councils chief

By Oscar Rousseau

Nebraskan cattle producer Steve Hanson has been elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) trade show in San Diego. 

The National Pork Board hopes to sign up 20,000 farmers to the text system in 2016

Text PorkCrisis for breaking pig news

By Oscar Rousseau

The National Pork Board has launched Pork Crisis Alerts, a text service that delivers breaking virus outbreak and industry-wide emergency news to pork producers in the US.

South Korea will import beef and veal from Canada, after an 11-month hiatus

Canadian beef exports resume in South Korea

By Oscar Rousseau

South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian beef after fears of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case, which led to a temporary embargo on cattle produce, subsided.

August's influenza outbreak was 'staggering' says poultry council

US poultry will handle new virus ‘better’

By Oscar Rousseau

American poultry firms are now better equipped to deal with an outbreak of avian influenza (AI), thanks to improved biosecurity measures, risk management firm Moody says.

LPRIB's board members will represent lamb producers, feeders and handlers

New appointments to US lamb board

By Chloe Ryan

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced four appointments to the 2016 Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Board. 

Subway's decision to ban the use of antibiotics in its meat has attracted criticism from the US meat industry

Pork antibiotics battle rages on

By Chloe Ryan

The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have placed a full page advert in The Wall Street Journal in the form of an open letter to Subway in response to the latter’s decision to ban the use of antibiotics in the meat it buys. 

Cattle prices in Brazil have experienced a drop in price

Drop in price for Brazilian beef

By Chloe Ryan

Brazilian beef prices have fallen 28% since April due to a decline in domestic demand, according to a new Mintec report.

Precautions taken to prevent future outbreaks of avian influenza

Lessons from AI outbreak offered up

By Chloe Ryan

A programme covering the lessons learned from the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in North America this year is being offered to the poultry industry with the hopes of preventing any outbreak on a similar scale happening again.

The Five Nations Beef Alliance has expanded to become International Beef Alliance

International beef alliance grows

By Chloe Ryan

A group of five nations that formed an alliance to collaborate on beef trade has now become seven, after Paraguay and Mato Grosso in Brazil became the latest members. 

The US has dealt with its worst outbreak of bird flu this year

Bird flu prompts farmers to consider rendering options

By Rod Addy

US poultry farmers are considering rendering birds for fertiliser and other inedible products if another outbreak of avian influenza (AI) forces them to take thousands of animals out of the food chain.

Broiler production in Argentina is to reach record levels next year

Argentinian broiler production on the rise

By Chloe Ryan

Broiler production in Argentina is expected to reach a record 2.1 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, fuelled by growth in exports, according to a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report by marketing specialist Andrea Yankelevich from the US embassy...

The ALDF has called on Tyson to decrease the speed at which chickens are slaughtered

Tyson Foods accused of abuse at Texas plant

By Chloe Ryan

Tyson Foods has been accused of using “cruel and illegal” practices at a chicken abattoir in Texas by an animal rights group that filmed undercover at the plant in Carthage.

Larger US beef imports are partly driven by declines in domestic production

US meat export values on the rise

By Chloe Ryan

US meat, poultry and dairy exports are forecast to be $600m higher in 2016, as higher volumes more than offset a decline in prices, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

McDonald's: 'We're working with Tyson Foods to investigate the situation'

McDonald's faces criticism after animal welfare video

By Chloe Ryan

Tyson Foods has shunned a Tennessee farm producing chicken for McDonald’s McNuggets after an animal rights group posted gruesome footage online depicting birds being clubbed and stabbed with a spiked pole.

Argentine beef has become popular in China

Argentine beef tops China’s export sources, but for how long?

By Alex Smith, in Beijing, and Charles Newbery, in Buenos Aires

China’s increasing appetite for beef products has left the country as a top export destination for Argentine beef. Argentina’s ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries has reported that China received 17,051 tonnes (t) of beef from Argentina by...

Maple Leaf Foods' main meat products brands are Maple Leaf and Schneiders

Maple Leaf Foods’ sales fall over quarter

By Michelle Perrett

Maple Leaf Foods, the Canadian meat processor, has reported a drop in sales from last year of 1.3% to $820.8 million for its second financial quarter to 30 June, 2015.

The US bird flu crisis has affected 48 million birds across a range of states

Bird flu crisis leads to new export rules

By Michelle Perrett

More than 30 countries have updated their export requirements for the US since June in reaction to the poultry avian influenza (AI) crisis. 

Sao Paolo, where beef prices have risen significantly in the wholesale market

Brazil sees higher cattle prices

By Michelle Perrett

Brazilian cattle market prices have risen, driven by a low supply of animals for slaughter, according to analysis from CEPEA, the research centre of the University of São Paulo. 

Tyson Foods is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork

Tyson Foods responds to animal abuse claims

By Michelle Perrett

A supplier of chickens to Tyson Foods has been accused of animal abuse, after an undercover investigation by campaign group, Mercy for Animals (MFA).

Greenlee said cows infected with BSE showed marked changes in retinal function and thickness

Eye scan could lead to earlier BSE detection

By Chloe Ryan

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) could be detected in cows earlier by examining the animal’s retina, research from Iowa State University has shown.


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