BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s national food safety authority Nebih has found five cases of African swine fever in wild boar carcasses near Budapest, it said on Sunday.
The causes of the infections found in a closed hunting area in Budakeszi, west of the Hungarian capital, were not immediately clear and an investigation was under way, the authority said.
Around ten European Union countries are currently affected by African swine fever, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and its neighbour Romania. Slovakia was affected by the disease in four backyard farms as of July.
A red meat crisis meeting has been called by NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) north-east office bearers to discuss current “unsustainable” beef prices and the pressures which are also being felt by sheep producers.
“Beef prices have been at unsustainable levels for many months which is now impacting on store cattle prices and suckler cow numbers,” said Aberdeenshire farmer, Ian Pirie, who will co-chair the panel meeting which is due to begin at 7pm in Sale Ring 2 at Thainstone, Inverurie, on Monday, September 30.
“The sheep industry is also under pressure and facing uncertain times and we would appeal to all farmers, whether NFUS members or not, their families and members of the supply trade, to appear and voice their opinions.”
Sheep farmers are highlighting how British lamb produced from grass-based systems is one of the solutions rather than a problem in the climate change debate.
UK livestock farming is often regarded as having a negative effect on the environment, something which many farming bodies see as misleading and factually incorrect.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) is one organisation encouraging farmers to challenge statements made that suggest livestock farming is causing a climate problem rather than being one of the solutions.
After weeks of protests, all farmer-led protests outside the country’s meat processors have officially stood down.
After 48 hours of deliberation between the remaining protesters and various mediators, Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Liffey Meats in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, and ABP Clones, Co. Monaghan, were the last remaining protests to stand down on Sunday night, September 22.
Beef processing recommenced at some sites yesterday, Monday, September 23 – with factories keen to maximise throughput and return to full processing capacity. All plants are expected to be fully operational this week.
Protesters at the ABP plant in Cahir have tonight ended their blockade of the factory.
In a statement, the group said they reached consensus to step down their peaceful protest on the basis that the draft beef sector agreement was sent to the Minister for Agriculture & Food to be addressed and examined without haste.
Another 100 workers at a plant in Tipperary were laid off temporarily today because of the dispute.
The lay-offs at ABP Cahir in Co Tipperary are in addition to the 355 employees who were temporarily laid off earlier this week.
Imports of pork rose 76 per cent in August in terms of volume and surged 150 per cent last month in terms of value
China is scrambling to purchase pork from overseas as domestic prices have rocketed by more than 80 per cent, causing widespread public discontent.
China’s pork imports surged 76 per cent in August as Beijing scrambled to boost pork levels to cover a shortfall in domestic supply after African swine fever destroyed anywhere between nearly 40 to 60 per cent of the pig population in the world’s largest pork market.