US poultry producers are divided over the use of a vaccine to combat bird flu

Poultry industry divided over bird flu vaccine

By Michelle Perrett

Chicken and turkey farmers and producers in the US are split over whether a vaccine should be introduced to fight the outbreak of bird flu that has killed millions of birds. 

More processors are moving from gestation crates to the housing system

End of gestation crates for JBS SA

By Michelle Perrett

JBS SA, which owns Seara, Brazil’s second largest pork producer, has revealed plans to phase out of the use of gestation crates for breeding sows by 2016. 

JBS has developed a daily monitoring system for its cattle suppliers

Brazilian food giant reports progress in pledge to preserve Amazon

By Helen Arnold

Brazilian food processing giant JBS, which has publicly pledged not to purchase cattle from ranches responsible for deforestation inside the Amazon Biome region, has reported that of 12,221 sales in 2014, only four were from non-conforming farms, according...

Average monthly weights in March 2015 were the heaviest since 2003

Encouraging cattle weights seen in US

By Chloe Ryan

Cattle numbers in the US are on the up, but beef exports are continuing to be dragged down by a strong US dollar and high domestic beef prices, according to the May 2015 Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook, published by the US Department of Agriculture.

The ban includes chicks and hatching eggs

Ecuador latest to impose nationwide ban on US poultry

By Mike Sheen

The Ecuadorian agricultural authority Agrocalidad has banned all imports of live foul, poultry meat and poultry products, as well as genetic material, including chicks and hatching eggs, from the US, in response to the recent avian influenza outbreaks.

In terms of its global chicken operations, Tyson has said it was looking to take similar measures as with its US businesses

Tyson Foods makes pledge on antibiotic elimination

By Georgi Gyton

US meat giant Tyson Foods has said it is actively working to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its US broiler chicken flocks, with the aim of reaching its goal by September 2017.

US producers will be able to export slaughter cattle to Mexico for the first time in more than a decade

Mexico and Peru remove barriers to trade for US

By Georgi Gyton

US beef and pork producers have gained greater access to the markets in Mexico and Peru, after new agreements were reached, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Research has shown that consumers are increasingly interested in the social and environmental factors around the beef they buy

US forms round-table on sustainable beef

By Georgi Gyton

A US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has been launched this week, by a group of industry stakeholders in the beef value chain, including Cargill, JBS USA and Tyson Foods.

The strategy is set out across four pillars: connectivity, productivity, competitiveness and beef demand

Canada beef sector optimistic about new strategy

By Georgi Gyton

Canada’s beef sector organisations have told GlobalMeatNews that they are optimistic about a national programme connecting all key players in Canada’s beef sector for the first time, with the goal of a 15% increase in production efficiency by 2020.

The firm's operations will now be managed under four divisions

Smithfield Foods announces restructure

By Georgi Gyton

US-based Smithfield Foods, part of WH Group, has announced it will be restructuring the company, in order to try and accelerate growth.

It is the first confirmed case in the country since 2011

BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

By Georgi Gyton

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

Over the past two decades Chile has strived to eradicate livestock diseases

Chile makes first export of live heifers to China

By Tom Azzopardi, in Santiago

Chile has exported more than 7,000 heifers to China in its first major export of live cattle, which has just arrived at its destination, and the government hopes this might be the start of developing a long-term beef livestock export trade.

An improved forage situation, lower grains prices and record margins last year have helped improve prospects

Strong prices predicted for US beef in 2015

By Georgi Gyton

Delegates at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention were comforted by predictions from CattleFax that prices for US beef will remain strong during 2015.

The NRDC said there was no indication the money would enforce a strict reduction in drug usage

Questions raised over US antibiotic investment

By Sophie Witts

The Obama Administration’s proposed $1.2bn investment in combating antibiotic resistant bacteria has come under fire from the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) for failing to adequately address antibiotic misuse in the livestock industry.

The quarantine zone will restrict the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products

Bird flu buffer zone established in US

By Georgi Gyton

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has adopted an emergency rule to established a 20-mile restriction zone around two locations where bird flu has been discovered.

A total of four farms in Fraser Valley are now under quarantine

Bird flu detected at Canadian poultry farms

By Georgi Gyton

An H5 strain of avian influenza has been discovered on two farms in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, with two additional farms also quarantined.

The NPPC said it hoped the guidelines would remove some of the costly burden faced by US pork exporters

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

By Georgi Gyton

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according to the National Pork Producers’ Council (NPPC).

Cargill said the program will help producers reduce the cost of feed

Cargill launches global nutrition programme

By Georgi Gyton

A new global nutrition programme has been launched by Cargill’s animal nutrition business, as it looks to improve feed efficiency and nutrient use in finisher pigs.

The future is looking brighter for the US pig industry

US pork production set to rise in 2015

By Poorna Rodrigo

American pig meat analysts have confirmed to GlobalMeatNews that the recovery in US pork production will be sustained, with the pig meat industry recovering strongly from the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outbreak.

The AWI said the NCBA's Beef Quality Assurance Program did not meet OIE code

Animal Welfare Institute questions US cattle handling

By Georgi Gyton

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been sent a written appeal by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) requesting that it revises the association’s guidelines for the handling of cattle raised for beef, in the USA.

The panel's report stated that Canada and Mexico's livestock had received less favourable treatment

WTO panel finds US COOL rule violates TBT Agreement

By Georgi Gyton

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) compliance panel has found that the US’ amended country of origin labelling (COOL) measures violate part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.


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