27Jan, 21

Bird flu hits South Korea.

More than 390,000 birds culled at the end of November South Korea was forced to cull 292,000 broilers and 100,000 ducks due to an H5N8 virus outbreak reported last month, informs Avicultura magazine. The outbreak was reported on farms located in the North Jeolla region, in the southwest of the country. The H5N8 strain was confirmed on November 28 in a national reference laboratory via an RT-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction with Reverse Transcriptase) technique. The case was reported to the OIE at the end of November. On 1/11 two cases of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza were reported in man …

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27Jan, 21

Meat and poultry production in Iran expected to reach 3.5 mil tonnes.

Meantime, 15 provinces in the country have adopted the system of purchasing at guaranteed prices. Iran’s deputy agriculture minister, Morteza Rezaei, predicts that by 20 March 2021 (the end of the current Iranian calendar year) the country’s meat and poultry output will reach 3.5 million tonnes, with red meat accounting for 880,000 tonnes and 2.7 million tonnes of chicken meat. “Currently the per capita consumption of red meat is 12.5 kilograms, chicken meat 31.25 kilograms, raw milk 124 kilograms and eggs 11.72 kilograms,” said Rezaei. Meanwhile, the head of Iran’s Livestock …

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27Jan, 21

Thailand expects a 300% increase in live pig and pork exports.

In 2020, the Southeast Asian country exported 5000 live pigs and pork products per day. Thailand expects that the swine industry in the country to reach $750 millions in live pig and pork exports for 2020 as its ASF-free status has increased the demand for breeding pigs and pork in the region. According to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Thailand produced almost 55,000 pigs per day, of which 5,000 were shipped abroad as live animals or pork products.However, at the end of December pig exports have slowed down due to Cambodia’s tighter restrictions applied to Thai pig expor …

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27Jan, 21

Beef Exports Spike, Pork Sets Record.

November U.S. beef exports jumped 6% higher, the largest since July 2019. Meanwhile, U.S. pork exports January-November set new annual records for both volume and value, already surpassing the full-year volume and value records set in 2019.Data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows November was one of the best months on record for beef.”Demand for U.S. beef in the global retail sector has been outstanding and we expect this to continue in 2021,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Unfortunately, foodservice continues to face COVID-rela …

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27Jan, 21

Bird flu, spreading in Europe, has been found on the farm in Lithuania .

A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed on a poultry farm in Lithuania, the State Food and Veterinary Service reported. “Today, the case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Lithuania has also been confirmed on a poultry farm, where 27 poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks) are kept for their own use,” the SFVS said.”Restriction and monitoring zones are in place around the affected holding, the remaining live birds will be safely destroyed and the holding will be cleansed and disinfected. Commercial poultry holdings are not included in the …

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27Jan, 21

France halts UK food and drink imports due to super-infectious coronavirus strain .

Britain is heading towards international isolation as several Member States impose travel restrictions on UK travelers and France suspends freight traffic across the Channel. A new, highly contagious strain of coronavirus in the UK is sparking fear across Europe. Concentrated in London, South East and the East of England, the new strain is thought to be 71% more transmissible than other variants. When the UK’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) met on 18 December, they noted the new strain could be responsible for an increase in the R-value (the nu …

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27Jan, 21

The country’s food producers see export opportunities from the US to Japan.

This year, the export of Lithuanian food products to foreign countries continued to grow. Despite the global pandemic, Lithuanian companies have successfully established themselves in international markets, and the vaccination of the population is optimistic – according to representatives of the Baltic Gastronomy Leaders (BGL), a food industry breakthrough is expected from next year. According to the data of the State Food and Veterinary Service, during ten months of this year, Lithuanian companies exported 14 percent more Lithuanian food products of animal origin. Exports of beef ha …

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27Jan, 21

Restrictions, applied to a part of the ASF affected area in Molėtai district, eased.

The European Commission, having positively assessed the protection and control measures implemented in Lithuania to ensure that African swine fever (ASF) infections do not spread to other territories of the country, has eased the restrictions that have been applied to a part of Molėtai district municipality since mid-April.The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) recalls that due to the confirmed outbreak of ASF on April 14th in a commercial pig farm in Molėtai district, for more than 7.5 months part of the area was included in the most risky area lll of ASF, which was subject to the stric …

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27Jan, 21

Meat producers are under pressure from two sides – they are in danger of losing income.

China has rebuilt its pig herds faster than expected, boosting demand and prices for soybeans and corn used for animal feed. With herds growing rapidly, the world’s largest consumer may soon need to import less meat. This double dynamics – increased feed costs and the likelihood of smaller meat consignments to China in 2021 – threatens to reduce livestock and poultry farmers’ incomes in the US, Brazil and elsewhere, as well as the profits of companies that process livestock into meat. What’s worse is that farmers are hit hard just when they are trying to emerge from a coronavi …

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27Jan, 21

Another major outbreak of avian influenza in Poland .

On December 2 a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (subtype H5N8) has been detected in a commercial poultry farm in the county of Siedlce, neighboring Poland, where more than 117 000 turkeys were kept. The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) reports that this is the second such large poultry farm in Poland affected by the disease in the last week. Because of the virus more than 1.6 million birds were destroyed in Poland this year.Dangerous contagious disease is reported to have been confirmed by the sudden death of more than a thousand kept birds and the examination of samp …

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27Jan, 21

What changes await food trade, animal transport and travel with animals after the UK leaves the EU .

On 31st of December 2020 the withdrawal agreement officially expires – that is that The United Kingdom (UK) will withdraw from the EU Customs Union and the Single Market. The free movement of goods and services between countries will also automatically cease, so it is important to be aware of the fundamental changes that will affect food exports, the transport of animals and the rules for traveling with pets. Imports of animal foodstuffs from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) into the EU will be subject to the same requirements as imports from other non-EU countries. This mean …

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27Jan, 21

UK has increased lamb production .

Access to exports markets such as the EU is crucial, warns AHDB. It is clear 2020, has not been a normal year by any means and lamb markets have felt the effect of this. Retail demand has remained relatively resilient and Kantar data actually suggests there have been some areas of growth for the sector especially for household lamb purchases. In contrast to this, the closure of foodservice sector for prolonged periods of the year has restricted demand for the out of home market, although the importance of takeaways for lamb has meant even here the effect of lockdown has been muted to a degree.E …

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