Eurotier’s opening morning in Hannover, Germany draws large crowds. In the past, 160,000 people attended the giant livestock technology event. This year the show has set a new record for exhibitors with 2,629 from 58 countries, including 21 from Canada.  |  Michael Raine photo

Livestock producers squeezed by public demands

Consumers want sustainably produced food, better animal welfare standards, reduced drug use and lower food costs

Michael Raine reports from the EuroTier livestock show in Hannover, Germany. Consumers in the developed world are exerting pressure on livestock producers to reduce their impact on the environment, cut drug use in production and introduce sometimes questionable husbandry practices. At the same time, producers find themselves with low commodity prices, poor operating margins and […] Read more

EuroTier's opening morning in Hannover, Germany, draws large crowds. In the past 160,000 people attended the giant livestock technology event. This year the show has set a new record for exhibitors with 2,629 from 58 countries, including 21 from Canada.  |  Michael Raine photo

Livestock squeezed in western world as demand grows

HANNOVER, Germany — Consumers in the developed world are exerting pressure on livestock producers to reduce their impact on the environment, cut drug use in production and introduce sometimes questionable husbandry practices. At the same time, producers find themselves with low commodity prices, poor operating margins and increasing long-term demand. Consumer sentiment about animal agriculture […] Read more