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Scott Morrison Approves Sale of S Kidman and Co. to Gina Rinehart
Shabo Rao, News Corp Australia Network: Perth Now | December 8, 2016
Treasurer Scott Morrison has approved the sale of the S. Kidman & Co, with some of the land and cattle empire to go to Gina Rinehart's company. Mr Morrison announced on Friday the largest station in the Kidman group, Anna Creek and its outstation The Peake, will be acquired by a neighbouring farming family — the Williams.
The rest will be acquired by Outback Beef, which is majority owned by Rinehart's Hancock Beef with a minority interest held by a Chinese partner.
Tyson Foods Creates Venture Fund to Fuel the Future of Food
Tyson Foods, Inc. | December 5, 2016
As part of its commitment to innovation and growth, Tyson Foods, Inc. has launched a venture capital fund focused on investing in companies developing breakthrough technologies, business models and products to sustainably feed a growing world population.
Tyson will make available $150 million to the fund, which has been named Tyson New Ventures LLC, to complement the company's continuing investment in innovation in its core fresh meats, poultry and prepared foods businesses.
EU Beef Producers Concerned with Mercosur Trade Deal
International Leather Maker | December 2, 2016
Copa–Cogeca, the EU farming body, has expressed concerns over the impact a trade deal with Latin American countries could have on the EU beef industry during an event in the European Parliament on November 30.
It is alleged that member countries of the Mercosur trading bloc, comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as main members and Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Suriname as associates, do not have the same traceability standards as the EU and are users of antibiotic growth promoters.
Collars Help to Identify Individual Pasture Intake of Cattle
BEEF Central | December 5, 2016
Research using sensors and wireless networks to measure individual feed intake and efficiency in a commercial grazing environment is underway in New South Wales. The research is being conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and CSIRO at the DPI Beef Industry Centre at Armidale.
Bovine TB Outbreak: 6 Questions with CFIA's Chief Veterinary Officer
CBC News, Canada | December 4, 2016
More than 22,000 cattle at farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan are quarantined due to bovine tuberculosis, causing hardship for ranchers and millions in compensation payments and other costs.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing cattle to determine the extent of the outbreak and the source of the contagious bacterial infection. So far six cattle have tested positive for bovine TB, all from one infected herd.