Australian cattle supply during autumn increased
AUSTRALIA, North Sydney National cattle supply during autumn increased 5% year-on-year in response to another failed wet season through Queensland, coupled with increased turnoff in NSW, especially through northern regions of the state, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
DMRI offers a free tool to determine shelf life
DENMARK, Taastrup It is the responsibility of the meat producer to determine the use-by date. The Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) has developed a tool that can help to determine shelf life of fresh meat products.
McDonald's US sales slipping but world-wide increasing
USA, Oak Brook, Ill Promotions of the Dollar Menu & More and breakfast failed to lift US sales for the McDonald's Corp. in May. Citing ongoing marketplace challenges, the fast-food chain reported a 1% drop in comparable sales for the month at its restaurants in the United States, which continued a streak of flat or declining sales in the region.
Primary sector future capability report welcomed
NEW ZEALAND, Wellington According to Beef + Lamb New Zealand it is important to have an understanding of the sector's workforce requirements, to be well-placed in order to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead.
New OIE international standards and guidelines on animal health
FRANCE, Paris Over 850 participants, representing Member Countries of the OIE as well as numerous international, intergovernmental, regional and national organisations took part in the 82nd Session of the OIE, which marked the 90th Anniversary of the Organisation.
Chinese consumers embrace value-added food
AUSTRALIA, North Sydney In China, canned food sales are forecast to grow at 8.3% between 2014 and 2018, in line with the growing popularity of processed foods and rising disposable incomes. Business Monitor International (BMI) estimates the majority of the growth will be from consumers in urban and affluent areas, who are living increasingly busy lifestyles.
New global maps of livestock distribution
BELGIUM, Brussels Led by Marius Gilbert – Interfaculty School of Bioengineering , Université libre de Bruxelles – and Tim Robinson (ILRI, Kenya), an international researcher team established new global maps of livestock distribution. This study should help to measure the socio-economic, public health and environmental impacts of livestock and poultry, worldwide .
EFSA updating its scientific advice on pig welfare
ITALY, Parma EFSA has published an opinion on the issue of tail docking in pigs. Tail docking is a procedure carried out to reduce the risk of tail biting, one of the major issues in modern pig breeding. This behaviour can have several causes, including a lack of materials that pigs need to satisfy a range of behavioural needs, for example straw, hay, silage, compost and peat. Addressing tail biting will help to reduce the need for tail docking.
Call for neutral disease nomenclature
BELGIUM, Brussels The International Poultry Council has expressed its support for efforts by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to review the nomenclature of existing and emerging animal diseases to ensure that the names are used accurately by the media and by infectious disease experts.