Tag: Coronavirus

Weekly kill: COVID impacts make early season price-setting difficult, but some grids fall 30c/kg

The unfolding COVID impact on Australian processing capacity is making slaughter cattle price reporting difficult in the opening stages of 2022. Slaughter numbers collapsed last week under pressure from staff sickness, and some Queensland grids have fallen 30c/kg as a result Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: COVID impacts make early season price-setting difficult, but… Read more »

Specialist livestock rail company to expand from slaughter to feeder cattle

SPECIALIST livestock rail provider, Watco East West, has announced plans to carry feeder cattle to feedlots – expanding on its original focus on finished cattle for abattoirs. Source: Beef Central Specialist livestock rail company to expand from slaughter to feeder cattle

Supply chain crisis deepens, as COVID sweeps through beef processing plants

A nation-wide beef supply chain crisis is emerging, as COVID sweeps through staff in processing facilities across the country. The impact of greatly reduced kills is being seen across the supply chain, with trade sources confirming that export contracts with some customers have had to be cancelled this week. Lotfeeders are being particularly hard-hit with… Read more »

AgForce welcomes lifting of Qld border restrictions

Queensland farm representative group AgForce has welcomed the announcement that the State’s domestic border restrictions have been lifted. Source: Beef Central AgForce welcomes lifting of Qld border restrictions

Woolworths temporarily suspends meat supply from Teys’ SA plant

Woolworths has temporarily suspended sourcing meat from a major Teys abattoir after reports the company ‘made’ COVID-positive staff come to work. Source: Beef Central Woolworths temporarily suspends meat supply from Teys’ SA plant

Omicron pain being felt by some in grain sector

Australian grain industry leaders are keeping a close eye on potential disruptions to domestic and export supply chain as a wave of Omicron infections sweeps across eastern States. Source: Grain Central Omicron pain being felt by some in grain sector

How much disruption will Omicron have on the cattle and beef industry?

Pictures of empty supermarket shelves and significant absentee rates at some of Australia’s largest abattoirs have created concern in recent weeks about the impact the virus may have on the cattle industry. Source: Beef Central How much disruption will Omicron have on the cattle and beef industry?

Kay’s Cuts: Just the facts please 

Misinformation and even disinformation is not new to the United States beef industry. It’s fascinating, though, how the onset and impact of the coronavirus pandemic amplified the claims of critics of the industry, especially of the beef processing sector. Similar claims may be evident in Australia. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Just the facts… Read more »

Major saleyard markets lift as COVID worker rules change

PROCESSOR demand for lambs rebounded at Victoria’s largest multi-species livestock selling facility yesterday just a day after National Cabinet endorsed relaxed work rules for close contacts of COVID cases. Source: Sheep Central Major saleyard markets lift as COVID worker rules change

Did someone say no KFC? Chicken meat in short supply

Shoppers are warned their favourite cuts of chicken are unlikely to be available in the coming weeks due to COVID-related worker shortages at meat processing plants. Source: ABC Livestock Did someone say no KFC? Chicken meat in short supply

Processors welcome reduced COVID restrictions, but RAT problems are looming

Processors are hoping a decision to relax isolation rules for meatworkers will take some pressure off staff shortages, which have come about in the latest COVID wave. But a lack rapid antigen tests has some concerned. Source: Beef Central Processors welcome reduced COVID restrictions, but RAT problems are looming

Meat processors have win on COVID worker restrictions

AUSTRALIA’S meat processing and food supply sector has won a national extension of concessions on COVID close contact rules that is expected to increase workforces in abattoirs and supermarkets. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors have win on COVID worker restrictions

Meat processors want government to foot bill for COVID tests

The meat industry is calling for free rapid antigen tests for workers as abattoirs and other regional businesses struggle with sick staff. Source: ABC Livestock Meat processors want government to foot bill for COVID tests

Domestic meat shortages loom as processors face COVID-induced labour shortage

The Australian Meat Industry Council is calling for the Federal and State Governments to protect vulnerable food supply chains across Australia, as surging Omicron cases in the community are forcing essential workers to stay home and businesses to temporarily close or operate at very low staffing levels. Source: Beef Central Domestic meat shortages loom… Read more »

The Hip Pocket

The economic cost of the virus, impacts to the beef, feedlot and dairy sector. Source: Beef Central The Hip Pocket

Research shows resilience of Australian processing industry during COVID

A recently released research report showed the strong performance of the Australian red meat processing industry during the COVID pandemic since early 2020, with the industry demonstrating its ability to maintain reliable supplies to both domestic and international customers under challenging circumstances. Source: Beef Central Research shows resilience of Australian processing industry during COVID

Farmers still confident despite COVID and floods

AUSTRALIA’S farmers are generally confident that high commodity prices, low interest rates and good seasonal conditions will continue in the year ahead, Rabobank’s latest rural confidence survey has shown. Source: Sheep Central Farmers still confident despite COVID and floods

Hamilton plans Sheepvention comeback after COVID break

SHEEP and wool events will return to Victoria’s wool capital of the world in February next year, but more volunteers are needed. Source: Sheep Central Hamilton plans Sheepvention comeback after COVID break

NT cattle producers slam ‘ludicrous’ new COVID rules

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has slammed the NT Government for the sudden announcement of new severe Covid restrictions that “have thrown the Territory into chaos”. Source: Beef Central NT cattle producers slam ‘ludicrous’ new COVID rules

COVID cancels 2022 Golden Shears championships

AUSTRALIA’S top shearers and wool handlers will miss the opportunity to compete against the world’s best for the second consecutive year with the cancellation of the 2022 Golden Shears in New Zealand. Source: Sheep Central COVID cancels 2022 Golden Shears championships

2022 Zanda McDonald Award announcement postponed

Organisers of The Zanda McDonald Award, Australasia’s agricultural badge of honour, have decided to postpone the interviews and announcement of the 2022 winners until February 2022, due to continued uncertainty around travel under Covid restrictions.  Source: Beef Central 2022 Zanda McDonald Award announcement postponed

Kay’s Cuts: US meat packers still face COVID issues

A monthly column written for Beef Central by US meat and livestock industry commentator, Steve Kay – publisher of US Cattle Buyers Weekly       THE worst impacts of… Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US meat packers still face COVID issues

As COVID barriers ease, euphoric pub patrons are buying $55 ribeye steaks – but is it sustainable?

With state border barriers coming down and even international travel returning to parts of Australia, positive signs are emerging for a post-COVID resurrection in the food service sector, covering hotels, restaurants, pub and clubs. But is it sustainable at current record meat price levels? Source: Beef Central As COVID barriers ease, euphoric pub patrons… Read more »

Have a ‘plan B’ for sheep flystrike and grass seeds

VICTORIAN sheep producers have been urged to have a fallback plan for flystrike and seed contamination this Spring to counter the impact of the shearer shortage and COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Have a ‘plan B’ for sheep flystrike and grass seeds

ICMJ conference to return bigger and better in 2022

Australia’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s national conference and competition due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 regulations. The committee’s focus has now turned towards making next year’s ICMJ National Conference and Careers Expo bigger and better than ever Source: Beef Central ICMJ conference to return… Read more »

Border blue casts doubt over harvest

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s decision to overrule a planned removal of quarantine arrangements has sparked fresh fears harvest will be spoiled, according to NSW Farmers. Source: Grain Central Border blue casts doubt over harvest

QLD beef processor ACC crowned state’s best COVID safety responder

Brisbane-based beef supply chain Australian Country Choice has been crowned Queensland’s best business for workplace health and safety in response to the COVID pandemic. ACC has set an incredible example for both protecting the health and wellbeing of its workers and remaining operational to ensure an uninterrupted supply of meat products for Australian families, judges… Read more »

Townsville conference to unite livestock export sector

The Australian livestock export industry’s bi-annual conference may have been postponed for 12 months due to travel restrictions caused by State-based COVID lockdowns, but a Queensland event on October 28 will fill an important information and networking gap for industry stakeholders either already in, or able to travel to, the Sunshine State.  Source: Beef… Read more »

COVID outbreak grows at Victorian abattoir, workers in isolation

A COVID-19 cluster in a Victorian abattoir has grown to four cases, disrupting supply to Sydney and escalating concern the facility will remain closed for a fortnight. Source: ABC Livestock COVID outbreak grows at Victorian abattoir, workers in isolation

Federal Govt releases $25m for ag shows in post-COVID recovery

The Federal Government has announced a $25 million package to help agricultural shows and field days bounce back from COVID 19, with estimates 700 events have been cancelled since the start of the pandemic. Source: Beef Central Federal Govt releases m for ag shows in post-COVID recovery

Major sheep shows welcome $25m federal funding boost

MAJOR sheep shows have welcomed $25 million in federal government funding for events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Source: Sheep Central Major sheep shows welcome m federal funding boost

SE Asia Report: Pandemic situation shows encouraging improvements

Covid rates are improving across Asia but persistently high cattle prices in Australia continue to suppress the trade | 14,000 Brazilian bulls arrive safely in Vietnam in the last week of September | Revitalised Darwin buffalo exports augur well for trade’s future | A tour of beef in US supermarkets Source: Beef Central SE… Read more »

Dairy co-op offers cash incentive for COVID vaccination

Norco’s workforce vaccination program includes a $150 cash incentive for its staff  $50 for the first dose and $100 for the second. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy co-op offers cash incentive for COVID vaccination

Lull falls over Australia’s northern cattle export trade

2021 is likely be remembered as the year “when a new price era emerged” says Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association CEO Tom Dawkins, as a range of headwinds from price factors to COVID disruptions in key markets becalm shipping activity in Australia’s northern cattle shipping trade. Source: Beef Central Lull falls over Australia’s northern… Read more »

Some NSW saleyards to welcome back spectators next week

With New South Wales beginning to ease COVID 19 restrictions next week, some of the state’s saleyards are planning to welcome back spectators. Source: Beef Central Some NSW saleyards to welcome back spectators next week

Colac lamb processor continues COVID-19 vaccination plan

COLAC’S Australian Lamb Company has moved closer to having its workforce all vaccinated for COVID-19 after closing earlier this week due to community-acquired cases among staff. An ALC spokesperson said… Source: Sheep Central Colac lamb processor continues COVID-19 vaccination plan

Taking vaccinations by the horns: Bull sale vaccine blitz in the beef capital

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are popping up at major events, including footy games and music festivals, and now there’s a brand new place to get the jab — a bull sale. Source: ABC Livestock Taking vaccinations by the horns: Bull sale vaccine blitz in the beef capital

Red meat worker vaccinations on track with Victorian mandate

AUSTRALIA’s peak red meat processor body is confident its Victorian members will meet the October 15 deadline for authorised workers to have their first COVID-19 vaccination. Source: Sheep Central Red meat worker vaccinations on track with Victorian mandate

Colac lamb processor shuts down after workers contract COVID-19

LAMB processor the Australian Lamb Company shut down its Colac processing plant yesterday after several staff members were confirmed with COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central Colac lamb processor shuts down after workers contract COVID-19

Casino meatworks to reopen tomorrow after COVID scare

Operations are expected to re-start at the Casino meatworks tomorrow after a staff member tested positive to COVID 19 earlier this week. Source: Beef Central Casino meatworks to reopen tomorrow after COVID scare

State lockdowns pull handbrake on bumper harvest

Continuing COVID border restrictions are making life difficult for farmers and harvest workers at the start of a bumper season, according to NSW Farmers. Source: Grain Central State lockdowns pull handbrake on bumper harvest

AMIC seeks direct talks on metro processor workforce cuts

AUSTRALIA’S peak red meat processor body has called on Premier Daniel Andrews and health department leaders to consult directly on COVID-19 workforce caps on metropolitan plants. Source: Sheep Central AMIC seeks direct talks on metro processor workforce cuts

Meat industry still without answers about Melbourne processing workforce caps

The Australian Meat Industry Council has again called on the Office of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton and DHHS to consult directly with the industry on the current workforce caps in place for meat processing and manufacturing in Melbourne. Source: Beef Central Meat industry still without answers about… Read more »

Why Christmas ham could be off the menu this year

Workforce shortages and COVID-19 restrictions could see shoppers scrambling for products like ham, lamb, fruit and vegetables.  Source: ABC Livestock Why Christmas ham could be off the menu this year

MLA’s AGM goes digital for second year, as COVID challenges continue

MLA’s November annual general meeting will be held online for the second consecutive year this year, as COVID-related interstate people movement restrictions continue to create challenges for live meetings. The face-to-face AGM on November 25 has now been replaced with a virtual AGM gathering to be held the same day, supported by weekly Information Update… Read more »

Meat processors get no joy from Victorian COVID-19 roadmap

VICTORIA’S metropolitan red meat processors have been ignored in Premier Daniel Andrew’s COVID-19 roadmap despite high workforce vaccination rates, according to the sector’s peak body. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors get no joy from Victorian COVID-19 roadmap

Ballarat lockdown no match for rampaging store cattle prices

Ballarat’s sudden COVID lockdown was no match for rampaging store cattle prices at the city’s monthly market where several lines saw rise “like cream on cold milk.” Source: Beef Central Ballarat lockdown no match for rampaging store cattle prices

Beef 2021 event records estimated $800,000 loss

The Beef Australia 2021 industry event held in Rockhampton in May has recorded an estimated $800,000 financial loss. The event attracted record crowds through the gate and strong corporate support, despite the considerable challenges presented by COVID. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021 event records estimated 0,000 loss

COVID interruptions undermine live export program

The live export industry says a new program designed to improve traceability and auditing of the livestock export standards needs to pause due to interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: ABC Livestock COVID interruptions undermine live export program

Interest rates unlikely to rise before 2024, says RBA Governor

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has forecast that the national economy will rebound rapidly after COVID lockdowns end, suggesting that interest rates are unlikely to change before 2024. Source: Beef Central Interest rates unlikely to rise before 2024, says RBA Governor

Farmer confidence soars, buoyed by season, prices: Rabobank

A second consecutive year of good seasonal conditions and high commodity prices has seen farmer sentiment surge in recent months, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. Source: Grain Central Farmer confidence soars, buoyed by season, prices: Rabobank

MLA forecasts lamb excess if COVID-19 workforce cuts continue

VICTORIA’S Spring lamb slaughter capacity could be cut by 250,000 lambs if COVID-19 workforce restrictions continue until November, Meat & Livestock Australia modelling has indicated. Source: Sheep Central MLA forecasts lamb excess if COVID-19 workforce cuts continue

SE Asia Report: COVID, prices bring sharp trade slowdown

The combination of COVID impacts on incomes in Indonesia and cattle prices rising further in Australia is creating an exceptionally difficult commercial environment for the trade, with shipping companies for the first time in some years finding it difficult to find a customer for their next voyage, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth, currently in Manilla. … Read more »

Dubbo sheep and cattle sales to resume next week

NEW South Wales Health has approved the resumption of sheep and cattle sales at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets, cutting short what was to be a two-week closure after two people tested positive for COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo sheep and cattle sales to resume next week

NFF guide outlines key COVID-19 vaccination advice

RURAL employers may be able to refuse to employ or engage anyone who has not had been vaccinated for coronavirus, according to the updated National Farmers Federation’s COVID-19 Workplace Guide released this week. Source: Sheep Central NFF guide outlines key COVID-19 vaccination advice

Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era

Airfreight is providing a lifeline for Australian red meat exporters as COVID-related issues continue to provide logistics challenges for container-based sea freight into some overseas markets. Source: Beef Central Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era

Labour shortage hangs over bumper winter crop harvest

Grain growers are becoming increasingly desperate to secure labour for the fast-approaching winter crop harvest as COVID restrictions and border closures cut off the usual supply of interstate and overseas workers. Source: Grain Central Labour shortage hangs over bumper winter crop harvest

More COVID-19 cases close Dubbo saleyards for two weeks

DUBBO’s sheep and cattle saleyards has been forced to close for two weeks after another two people who worked at the centre in the past week tested positive for COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central More COVID-19 cases close Dubbo saleyards for two weeks

COVID cases force Dubbo saleyard closure to be extended

DUBBO’s cattle and sheep saleyards has been forced to close for two weeks after another two people who worked at the centre in the past week tested positive for COVID. Source: Beef Central COVID cases force Dubbo saleyard closure to be extended

COVID restrictions costs cattle company dearly, says its manager

The Yulgilbar Santa Gertrudis Stud estimates the Queensland border closure cost its annual production sale $300,000 to $400,000. Source: ABC Livestock COVID restrictions costs cattle company dearly, says its manager

COVID border restrictions challenge harvest movements

With COVID-19 restrictions limiting travel and movement across state borders, farmer representative organisations are urging grain growing businesses, harvest contractors and farm workers to be well-prepared. Source: Grain Central COVID border restrictions challenge harvest movements

Positive COVID-19 case at Dubbo saleyards

A person working at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets last Thursday, August 26, has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the postponement of today’s scheduled prime cattle sale to Saturday. Source: Beef Central Positive COVID-19 case at Dubbo saleyards

Australian Lamb Company continues COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

COLAC processor the Australian Lamb Company has taken the initiative to host onsite vaccination of its workers as the Victorian Government continues to deflect industry calls to prioritise and support the measure. Source: Sheep Central Australian Lamb Company continues COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

Wild dogs attack as trappers battle QLD-NSW border hurdles

NORTHERN New South Wales sheep producers are losing livestock to unchecked wild dog attacks as the Queensland-NSW COVID-19 border restrictions hamper trapper movements. Source: Sheep Central Wild dogs attack as trappers battle QLD-NSW border hurdles

Top End clinics warn against ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment

A “handful” of people have caused concern at a Northern Territory health clinic after asking about an unproven treatment normally used to treat parasites in animals and humans, instead of vaccines, to treat COVID-19. Source: ABC Livestock Top End clinics warn against ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment

Sheep welfare issues loom as QLD-NSW border rules bite

RESTRICTIONS on shearing teams crossing the Queensland-New South Wales border have increased the prospect of sheep welfare issues as COVID-19 lockdowns coincide with lambing and ideal flystrike conditions. Source: Sheep Central Sheep welfare issues loom as QLD-NSW border rules bite

Qube posts record earnings despite A-double trouble

Qube has posted record underlying earnings in FY21, despite COVID disruptions and some stiff competition in the Port Botany zone from road transport. Source: Grain Central Qube posts record earnings despite A-double trouble

Victorian meat workers denied on-site COVID-19 vaccinations

VICTORIA’S red meat processing sector is being denied onsite COVID-19 vaccinations as the state State Government reintroduces workforce restrictions on metropolitan plants. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat workers denied on-site COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccine hub aims to boost meat workers' COVID vaccination rates

Workers at a northern New South Wales meat processor will be able to get their COVID-19 jabs at an onsite vaccine hub, as the company tries to boost vaccination rates. Source: ABC Livestock Vaccine hub aims to boost meat workers’ COVID vaccination rates

COVID-19’s Delta strain strikes in NSW shearing team

COVID-19’s highly infectious Delta strain has hit a New South Wales shearing team, raising doubts about the sector’s ability to withstand the growing pandemic in current on-farm working conditions. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19’s Delta strain strikes in NSW shearing team

COVID-19 puts wool industry on high alert in New South Wales

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry is on high alert as COVID-19 infections escalate in New South Wales heighten fears of outbreaks in shearing teams despite the statewide lockdown. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 puts wool industry on high alert in New South Wales

Livestock producers included as essential workers for Qld-NSW border crossing permits

Despite not appearing on an online list of exempted groups yesterday livestock producers have been assured they are included as essential workers and will be permitted to cross the Qld/NSW border to tend to stock. Source: Beef Central Livestock producers included as essential workers for Qld-NSW border crossing permits

COVID-19 vaccine availability is meat sector concern

Australia’s meat industry wants better access to onsite COVID-19 vaccinations and Pfizer vaccine as it battles low uptake among workers. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 vaccine availability is meat sector concern

Fears tough new border rules will compromise supply chain

A New South Wales peak transport body says the conditions of entry to Queensland that will come into place on Friday could cause serious problems for truck drivers and interstate supply chains. Source: ABC Livestock Fears tough new border rules will compromise supply chain

Border farmers, ag businesses back under pressure from NSW lockdown

Heavy compliance burdens on farm consultants, contractors and transport operators are in place within NSW following the state’s lockdown which came into effect on Saturday. Businesses in border towns are feeling the pressure. Source: Beef Central Border farmers, ag businesses back under pressure from NSW lockdown

NSW Govt approves exemption for on-farm bull sales during statewide COVID lockdown

With the New South Wales Government extending COVID lockdowns statewide on the weekend, the NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall and Health Minister, Brad Hazzard have this morning approved an exemption to the public health orders that will allow on-farm bull sales to go ahead across the state in coming days. Source: Beef Central NSW… Read more »

NSW lockdown hits Qld businesses with admin overload

Heavy compliance burdens on farm consultants, contractors and transport operators are in place within NSW following the state’s lockdown which came into effect on Saturday. Businesses in border towns are feeling the pressure. Source: Grain Central NSW lockdown hits Qld businesses with admin overload

SE Asia Report: COVID impacts on supply chain worsen

In the July 2021 edition of the monthly South East Asian market report Dr Ross Ainsworth writes that COVID 19 impacts on human health and supply chains have worsened in the past month, while Northern Australian cattle prices continue to hold firm and China live cattle prices move higher. Source: Beef Central SE Asia… Read more »

NSW livestock sales to continue under tighter COVID rules

NEW South Wales livestock sales will continue next week under tighter COVID-19 rules despite the state’s growing virus outbreak and extended stay-at-home rules. Source: Sheep Central NSW livestock sales to continue under tighter COVID rules

COVID kids Astra and Zeneca get birthing season underway

Victoria’s newest kids on the block are twins whose names set the theme for the dozens of other newborns expected at a goat farm in the coming days. Source: ABC Livestock COVID kids Astra and Zeneca get birthing season underway

What regional COVID lockdowns mean for Northern NSW bull sales

The NSW Government decision to lock down the Local Government Areas of Armidale and Tamworth has created a level of concern for many producers and breeders planning on attending spring bull sales in the region over coming days. Here’s a summary of the impact on sales in the local region over the next week or two … Read more »

Ekka contingency plans made after COVID-19 shuts down show

Organisers of Queensland’s largest agricultural show are scrambling to keep events and sales alive after the Ekka was cancelled just days before it was due to open. Source: ABC Livestock Ekka contingency plans made after COVID-19 shuts down show

Weekly kill: Elevated COVID risk, shipping congestion impacting processing

The elevated COVID challenge being experienced in southern Queensland – easily the largest concentration of beef processing capacity in the country – has seen operators redouble their efforts to keep illness out of factories over the past fortnight. Meanwhile, grid prices continue to push into new record territory this week. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »