Hungary finds African swine fever in wild boar near Budapest

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.

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Gergely Szakacs

Farming union calls red meat crisis meeting

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.”

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Japan to vaccinate thousands of pigs to tackle Classical swine fever

Japan is to vaccinate thousands of pigs to tackle a Classical swine fever (CSF) in many parts of the country that has seen more than 130,000 pigs culled in a year.

The farm ministry, which had been cautious about vaccinations due to their impact on pork exports, switched the policy as the epidemic that started in September 2018 continues unabated.

Mainichi Japan reported that the farm ministry plans to request pharmaceutical companies to boost production of CSF vaccines.

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British lamb ‘a solution’ to climate change, body says

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.

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Beef trade: Factories move to work through cattle backlog

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.

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Niall Claffey

Protesters at ABP plant end blockade of Cahir factory

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.

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China’s pork imports surged almost 80 per cent in August to cover gap left by African swine fever

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.

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Orange Wang

Final beef protests stood down as dispute comes to an end

Claim Liffey Meats agrees to set base price for six weeks

Beef protests affecting Liffey Meats facilities in Cavan and Galway have been stood down.

The protests were the final pickets to step back after a historic almost 8-week dispute over beef prices.

Protests have plagued the sector for weeks as farmers picket the gates of meat-producing plants across Ireland over the price of beef, which is at its lowest in years.

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Ciaran Moran

Breakthrough in beef row as first blockade is lifted in Co Meath

Fate of the blockades on the other 16 plants across the country is not yet clear

An end to the beef dispute may be in sight with the prospect of blockades on six factories being lifted on Wednesday evening.

Protesters outside Dawn Meats’s factory in Slane, Co Meath allowed produce to leave the factory on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ronan McGreevy, Vivienne Clarke