Trends in the lamb producer price

The producer price of Class A2/A3 lamb was in total 1,6% higher during the week of 4 December compared to the previous week, according to AMT. Based on long term trends over the past 20 years, the chance is 95,0% for a higher monthly price in December compared to November and 79,0% for a lower […]

Trends in the producer price of weaners and beef

During the week of 11 December, the average auction price was R39,20/kg for weaners (200 – 250kg) and R36,85/kg after auction commission, according to AMT. Compared to a month ago, the price increased in total by 5,3% and was 51,9% higher year-on-year. Compared to the long-term trend, the chance is 55% for a lower average […]

The genetic blueprint that results in FMD being so infectious

Scientists have conducted a ‘molecular dissection’ of a part of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), to try and understand why the pathogen is so infectious. Researchers have known for some time that the virus’s genetic blueprint contains three separate codes or instructions for the manufacture of 3B. Each code produces a similar but […]

“Become a beefatarian” says controversial EU-funded red meat campaign

A new campaign calling for people to become ‘beefatarians’ has been backed by the European Commission. “Become a beefatarian” was launched in October, with nearly €3.6m of EU support being pumped into the campaign in order to strengthen the sector. It’s all part of a wider project by the commission, called Proud of European Beef. This […]

Traits that could boost livestock productivity found

African indigenous cattle have traits that enable them to survive blistering heat, drought and diseases such as trypanosomiasis, giving hope of breeding a new, superior generation that could boost productivity, a study has found. The study  involved the analyses of the complete set of genes called genomes of indigenous cattle in Africa. It produces the evidence that indigenous pastoralist herders began […]

Cows prefer “live” co-moo-nication, study reveals

After months of technology-based communication enforced by COVID-19, many of us are missing a “live” human voice. But we’re not the only ones – a new study reveals that cows also prefer a face-to-face chat. Using a recorded voice means conditions are as similar as possible in each trial, following a concept known as “standardisation” […]

Meat-free diets linked with greater risk of breaking bones

People who don’t eat meat are more at risk of breaking bones, especially their hips, according to the largest study yet of this risk. The new research took advantage of a long-running study called EPIC-Oxford, originally set up to look at whether diet influences the risk of cancer by following the health of about 65 000 […]

Cows are critical for climate change

It is essential that all food manufacturers think ahead in order to provide nutrition for an anticipated population of 10 billion by 2050. A new documentary, “Kiss the Ground,” which is narrated by Woody Harrelson, details how regenerative agriculture has the potential to balance the earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and feed the world. Cows […]

Not all “meatless meats” are good for your health or the environment

Science-backed claims that plant-based meats are healthier for both humans and the environment have sparked a global wave of veganism that shows no signs of slowing down. Some brands make great efforts to mimic meat, using scientifically engineered textures, smells and flavours, with ingredients such as soy leghemoglobin, made from genetically modified yeast, which is […]

Meat, eggs and poultry play key role in improved nutrition

New research from UC Davis highlights the pivotal role of animal protein for family nutrition in developing countries. Evidence shows that animal-sourced foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy can help. “Poor nutrition, infection, stress and poverty can contribute to stunting, and there is an important correlation between growth and animal-sourced food consumption,” said […]