Drought hampers US herd rebuilding efforts
AUSTRALIA According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest cattle inventory report, the US cattle herd rose by only or 0.3% in 2006.
BSE may be caused by a virus
USA The alternative view that a virus could cause spongiform encephalopathies of the brain, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, has received a boost.
Export bans after H5N1 discovery in U.K.
LONDON An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a turkey farm in eastern England led to import bans in Russia, Hong Kong and several other nations.
Beef to bounce back from big dry
AUSTRALIA Australia's beef industry will depend on two key factors over the next few years: drought and U.S. competition on Asian beef markets.
Cattle materials ban in medical products proposed
SOUTH AFRICA FDA wants to limit the use of some cattle materials in medical products in order to keep them free of the BSE-causative agent.
Big beef group could be broken up and sold
AUSTRALIA Australian assets of Swift & Company, Greeley, Colorado, could be pared off and sold separately as the parent U.S. company sells off its assets.
U.S. beef shipments to South Korea to be discussed
AUSTRALIA South Korea plans to hold talks with the United States in February over Seoul's rejection of American beef shipments for containing banned bone fragments, a South Korean official said.
Higher US red meat production in 2006
USA During 2006, commercial red meat production in the US rose 4% on the previous year to 21.5 million tonnes.
Misidentified cow entered UK food chain
LONDON The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been notified that a cow believed to have been born before 1 August 1996 has entered the human food chain.