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15 April 2016
New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on proposed regulations designed to take the next step in improving animal welfare in New Zealand....
14 April 2016
FAI Focussing on Animal Welfare Outcome Measures
UK - Carly Scott is a researcher at FAI farms in Oxford. Here she explains the principles behind welfare outcome measures and the work her and the Science Team are doing in this field....
08 April 2016
France Launches Action on Animal Welfare
FRANCE - New animal welfare rules from France will aim to place welfare at the heart of the agriculture strategy, according to farming minister Stéphane Le Foll....
22 March 2016
USDA Study Puts Beta-agonists Back in Spotlight
ANALYSIS - Beta-agonists are back in the spotlight with new research evaulating zilpaterol hydrochloride's (Zilmax) response in finishing cattle to performance, heat stress and animal welfare characteristics. ...
10 March 2016
New Zealand Takes Action on Bobby Calf Mistreatment
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has laid charges against an individual in relation to an investigation into animal welfare offences involving bobby calves....
09 March 2016
Researchers Help Aussie Beef Farmers Maximise New Road Cash
AUSTRALIA - The upgrade of some of Australia’s iconic cattle routes could provide significant benefits to the nation’s livestock industry, while at the same time minimising stress for both truck drivers and cattle....
24 February 2016
Australian Live Cattle Exporters Reject Calls for Trade Cap
AUSTRALIA - The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Alison Penfold, has today rejected calls by the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union for a cap on the export of live cattle from Australia....
19 February 2016
EU Animal Welfare Rules Need Better Enforcement
EU - Reacting to EU Ministers talks on the setting up of a new EU animal welfare platform, Copa and Cogeca have highlighted the high welfare standards that exist in the EU and the need to ensure that they are simplified and better enforced rather than...
12 February 2016
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
ANALYSIS - Collaborating with industry partners, FAI Farms develops research programs that influence welfare and sustainability change in the livestock industry. ...
11 February 2016
Keeping Dry Cows Cool Promotes Herd Productivity, Research Shows
AUSTRALIA - The impacts hot weather can have on milking herds are well-known and dairy farmers throughout mainland Australia employ shade and evaporative cooling, with supporting herd management strategies, to prevent heat stress and keep their milking...
08 February 2016
Waitrose Pledges at Least 100 Days on Pasture for Dairy Cows
UK - Farmers producing milk for Waitrose supermarkets must allow dairy cows access to outdoor grazing for at least 100 days in the summer months, in a move the retailer says "strengthens its commitment to animal welfare"....
04 February 2016
Two Thirds of Cattle Attacks on People Involve Dogs
UK - Dog owners are being urged to remember to be vigilant with their pets when walking near cows in the countryside, following a new review into cattle attacks by the University of Liverpool....
02 February 2016
South African Drought: No Relief in Sight
SOUTH AFRICA - In spite of wide spread rain over many parts of the drought-stricken summer rainfall area of South Africa, chances remain low that the impact of drought will soon be broken. Glenneis Kriel reports....
Cow Welfare Not Compromised by Large Dairies, Study Shows
US - Recent dairy farm trends in the United States include fewer, but larger, operations and an increase in the share of milk production from very large farms....
01 February 2016
Overcrowding Increases Disease Risk in Cattle Barns
US - Beef cattle seeking shelter from harsh winter weather could be at an increased risk of disease in overcrowded barns, Purdue University experts say....
Marks & Spencer, Waitrose Top List for Farm Animal Welfare
GLOBAL - Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report....
28 January 2016
Cold Weather Kills Cattle in Vietnam
VIETNAM - Nearly 800 cattle have been killed following a record-low cold spell that has raged across the northern region, officials said....
27 January 2016
Changes to the Canadian Beef Code Require Pain Control for Cattle
CANADA - As of January 1, changes to the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle require beef producers to provide pain control during painful procedures such as castration and dehorning....
21 January 2016
Meat Scientist Questions Beta-agonists' Impact on Beef Quality
ANALYSIS - Dr Wayne Vanderwert, a Missouri cattle producer with a PhD in Meat Science, said while he has no concerns about beta-agonists from a food safety standpoint, he is concerned about beta-agonists' impact on meat quality....
24 December 2015
Stroking Calves Increases Weight Gain, Study Shows
AUSTRIA - A recent study from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna found that stroking helps calves develop a better relationship with humans and increases weight gain....
10 December 2015
NZ Organisations Team Up to End Calf Mistreatment
NEW ZEALAND - Seven industry associations, along with the Ministry for Primary Industries, have joined together to eradicate the mistreatment of bobby calves....
30 November 2015
NZ Farmers "Shocked" Over Undercover Calf Video
NEW ZEALAND - Two animal welfare groups have released undercover videos of dairy (bobby) calf treatment, showing what one of the organisations called "systemic cruelty and deliberate violent abuse of helpless calves"....
17 November 2015
China to Develop Animal Welfare Standards
CHINA - Chinese veterinarians have started drafting the country's first welfare standard for the farming and slaughter of livestock and poultry, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)....
16 November 2015
Thousands of Cattle Dying in Severe South African Drought
SOUTH AFRICA - Southern Africa is currently experiencing one of its most severe droughts in the past 20 years, with serious consequences for agriculture and animal welfare....
09 November 2015
Animal Welfare Research Receives Funding Boost
UK - A network is being set up that will foster collaboration within the UK animal welfare research community, and will receive over £100,000 in funding from BBSRC....
23 October 2015
China Begins Imports of Australian Live Cattle
CHINA - The first shipment of Australian live cattle arrived in China on Wednesday, as part of a landmark deal that opens the doors to China's huge beef market for Australian farmers....
22 October 2015
Subway Announces Transition to Zero Antibiotics for All Meats
US - Sandwich chain Subway has become the latest in a string of outlets to announce a transition to serving meat only from animals that have never received antibiotics....
12 October 2015
Let Them Eat Grass: Grazing Debate Back on Agenda
GLOBAL - Just how beneficial cows grazing pasture is to farmers, processors and the cows themselves has been a hot topic recently in New Zealand and Europe....
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