Livestock News from Europe

  Last Updated: Friday 4th of February 2011 08:47:00 AM +0800HKT

Ruminant livestock producers taking advantage of cheap whole sugar beet prices must be careful about feeding quality, warn experts.

  Last Updated: Monday 31st of January 2011 09:03:00 AM +0800HKT

Positive FMD (foot-and-mouth disease) blood sample results have been reported in the village of Gramatikovo, Malko Tarnovo Municipality. The disease was found in a cow and 12 other ruminant animals.

  Last Updated: Thursday 9th of December 2010 11:11:00 PM +0800HKT

Livestock farmers in Portugal and Spain face a fresh round of shutdowns and mergers, a situation provoking uncertainty among feed mills, as high grain costs add to the pressures forced by a "dire" economic situation. The beef sector faces shrinkage of about 10% in Spain, in line with that three years ago when grain prices last soared, a "high number for a sector characterized by its long production cycle", as farmers slaughter cattle at younger ages to save on feed bills.

  Last Updated: Thursday 9th of December 2010 11:03:00 PM +0800HKT

Farmers have described how they are struggling to cope during the big freeze, with dairy producers having to dispose of milk, and warnings that animals could starve.

  Last Updated: Wednesday 8th of December 2010 05:09:00 AM +0800HKT

Sheep producers should ensure stock are kept away from rhododendron plants, after recent heavy snow has resulted in an upsurge in sheep being poisoned by the toxic shrub.