Tag: Coronavirus

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 »

COVID forces Ekka’s cancellation, for second year

Due to the extension of the current South East Queensland lockdown and worsening local COVID- 19 outbreak, the 2021 Royal Queensland Show has been cancelled in the best interests of public health. It is the second year in a row that the Ekka has been cancelled due to the worldwide COVID pandemic. Source: Beef… Read more »

UPDATED: Blayney plant reopens after COVID closure

The Nestlé Purina pet food plant at Blayney opened again on Friday, five days after locking down when an employee contracted COVID-19 through a site visitor. Source: Beef Central UPDATED: Blayney plant reopens after COVID closure

Despite Victorian lockdown ending, border farmers concerned as produce goes to waste

Australia’s agricultural industry has been largely unscathed by the pandemic, but as Victoria sees out another lockdown and NSW faces indefinite restrictions, small-scale border farmers are uncertain about their future. Source: ABC Livestock Despite Victorian lockdown ending, border farmers concerned as produce goes to waste

Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

One of Australia’s largest pet food-manufacturing plants remains closed this week amid the COVID lockdown of the City of Orange and the Blayney and Cabonne shires. Source: Beef Central Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

Farmers desperate as Need for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

COVID restrictions have ruined a fodder charity’s plans to return with 30 loads of hay this weekend to help Mid North Coast farmers hit by the March floods. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers desperate as Need for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

One of Australia’s largest pet food-manufacturing plants remains closed this week amid the COVID lockdown of the City of Orange and the Blayney and Cabonne shires. Source: Grain Central Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

'Extremely disappointing': Premier sheep event cancelled due to COVID

Another major rural event in Victoria falls victim to the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers of Sheep Connect, formerly known as Sheepvention, announcing its cancellation. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Extremely disappointing’: Premier sheep event cancelled due to COVID

Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

When Jared McArdle hopped on the ferry to Victoria from South Australia this week, he did not expect to be plunged into lockdown alongside 12 of his sheep.  Source: ABC Livestock Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

The Covid 19 surge is creating havoc across Asia with human health and market supply chains, Northern Australian cattle prices remain high in June for the first time and Indonesian imports increase rise sharply to just over 50,000 for June. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

AUSTRALIA recorded its highest monthly cattle export volumes for 12 months in June, with shipments increasing to 97,542 cattle for the month despite the sustained high price of Australian cattle. Source: Beef Central Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

Return of COVID lockdowns again starts to pressure domestic red meat trade

COVID is again exerting influence over the domestic red meat market, following lockdowns in major capital cities like Brisbane and Sydney, and interstate movement restrictions in other states. As of yesterday, there are about 12 million Australians across four states and territories in lockdown, including parts of WA and the NT as well as NSW… Read more »

Ag sector underpins Australia’s economic recovery from Covid

Australia’s agricultural sector has been a shining light of solid performance throughout the Covid pandemic, setting records for production and exports and helping underpin the nation’s economic recovery. Source: Grain Central Ag sector underpins Australia’s economic recovery from Covid

Genetics: COVID tech advances driving rapid diagnostic developments in beef industry

Breakthroughs in diagnostic technology targeted at human health during the COVID era are paving the way for ever-more rapid progress in selection of beef cattle for important productivity and quality traits. During a genetics seminar held during Beef 2021, geneticist Prof Ben Hayes provided an exciting glimpse of the future in terms of tools likely… Read more »

Shearing contractors welcome new New Zealand travel rules

AUSTRALIA’S shearing contractors have welcomed the pending introduction of quarantine-free travel to New Zealand later this month. Source: Sheep Central Shearing contractors welcome new New Zealand travel rules

Consumers stay rusted-on to red meat during COVID era, study shows

Red meat has a key role to play in a healthy, balanced diet – and if anything, that view has become even more entrenched during the COVID-19 era. That’s one of the key messages to emerge from an important annual consumer report released last week. Source: Beef Central Consumers stay rusted-on to red meat… Read more »

Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

A year after the COVID virus was first reported among meatworkers, vaccination programs are now rolling out across Australia to provide an added layer of protection for plant staff. Source: Beef Central Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Getting definitive guidance through official channels remains elusive but written advice suggests veterinarians and stock hands working on livestock export ships should now be eligible to receive COVID vaccinations. Source: Beef Central Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

End of COVID JobKeeper could further pressure meat processing and retail trade

Smaller red meat processors currently operating under COVID JobKeeper protection could come under additional pressure next month, as the Federal Government’s $90 billion jobs support package comes to an end. Domestic retail and food service demand may come under pressure for the same reason, trade sources suggest. Source: Beef Central End of COVID JobKeeper… Read more »

Shearing and wool handling events resume after COVID-19 lockdowns

SHEARING and wool handling competitions have resumed in Australia after a 12-month COVID-19-imposed break, with events planned in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Shearing and wool handling events resume after COVID-19 lockdowns

Vaccine roll-out not enough as COVID-19 keeps borders closed

AUSTRALIA’S closed borders and restrictions on overseas workers, tourist and student visitors will mean its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out alone won’t be enough to return the nation to pre-COVID economic activity levels, the ABARES Outlook 2021 conference was told yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Vaccine roll-out not enough as COVID-19 keeps borders closed

COVID impacts will continue even after vaccination, ABARES conference told

Australia’s closed borders and restrictions on overseas worker, tourist and student visitors will mean its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out alone won’t be enough to return the nation to pre-COVID economic activity levels, the ABARES conference was told yesterday. Source: Beef Central COVID impacts will continue even after vaccination, ABARES conference told

Vaccine roll-out brings new hope, but pandemic impact far from over

Australia’s closed borders and restrictions on overseas worker, tourist and student visitors will mean its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out alone won’t be enough to return the nation to pre-COVID economic activity levels. Source: Grain Central Vaccine roll-out brings new hope, but pandemic impact far from over

COVIDSafe fox and wild dog bounties to resume in Victoria

FOX and wild dog bounty collections will resume in Victoria next week, but hunters will have mask up to claim their rewards. Source: Sheep Central COVIDSafe fox and wild dog bounties to resume in Victoria

Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

Export demand for cattle to Vietnam is expected to slow significantly in coming months after a second-wave coronavirus outbreak dramatically halted beef sales during a recent national holiday. Source: Beef Central Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

A REPORT into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significant delays in its contact tracing response to an outbreak at Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats last year. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

Meat processing workers prioritised for COVID vaccine

Meat processing workers have been included in a priority group to receive COVID vaccinations in Australia immediately after the first round of doses for frontline quarantine, health care and aged care workers are rolled out. Source: Beef Central Meat processing workers prioritised for COVID vaccine

Abattoir workers prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

The Australian Meat Industry Council says all abattoir workers need to be vaccinated against the virus for it to be effective. Source: ABC Livestock Abattoir workers prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

Call to prioritise rural Australians in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

RURAL Australians should be considered as a target population for prioritisation in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, according to the National Rural Health Alliance. Source: Sheep Central Call to prioritise rural Australians in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Don’t forget country Australia in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Rural Health Alliance

With the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formally approved for use in Australia today, the National Rural Health Alliance is urging Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to ensure that vulnerable people in rural, regional and remote Australia are prioritised for vaccination. Source: Beef Central Don’t forget country Australia in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Rural Health Alliance

Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Australian stock handlers and veterinarians working on live export vessels say they are finding it almost impossible to secure basic health insurance coverage for their voyages, which is adding to the pressures of working in the COVID era. Source: Beef Central Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Kay’s Cuts: COVID-19 has had multiple impacts on US beef in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered, at least for a while, where Americans spend their food dollars, but not how much they spend relative to their disposable personal income, columnist Steve Kay writes in his final monthly column for the uear Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: COVID-19 has had multiple impacts on US beef in… Read more »

ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Australia is seeking the resumption of sheepmeat and beef exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China which earlier made self-imposed suspensions due to COVID sickness among staff, as trade tensions between the two countries continue. Source: Beef Central ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo after showing symptoms

The lions, named Zala, Nima and Run Run and Kiumbe, were infected in Barcelona Zoo. It’s the only known infection of large felines apart from an April outbreak in the Bronx Zoo, New York. Source: ABC Livestock Lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo after showing symptoms

Can you really catch coronavirus from frozen food?

Beijing has linked several local COVID-19 infections to frozen food packaging, but the WHO says there’s no evidence of the virus spreading this way. How valid are China’s concerns, and what is the risk of “object-to-human” transmission? Source: ABC Livestock Can you really catch coronavirus from frozen food?

JBS bounces back after COVID with strong third quarter financials

Slaughter cattle supply out of Australia is not likely to recover significantly until at least 2022, investors were told during a JBS briefing following the tabling of the company’s third quarter financials earlier this week. Global beef processor JBS has bounced back from the impacts of COVID earlier in the year, reporting net revenues of… Read more »

Mixed lockdown messages create shear confusion for SA sheep industry

SA Police says shearing contractors can continue to work despite some of them being told by officers to stop on the first day of lockdown yesterday. Source: ABC Livestock Mixed lockdown messages create shear confusion for SA sheep industry

Positive half-year result for AA Co, despite COVID market impact

Despite considerable market impacts since the onset of COVID, the Australian Agricultural Co has lodged a strong operating profit of $23.5 million for the half-year ended September, up from $6.3 million for the same period last year. Even excluding the Jobkeeper stimulus payment AA Co qualified for, the half-year profit was still $16.8m. Source:… Read more »

‘No material business impact from COVID-19’: Elders announces $123m net profit

Australian agribusiness Elders has this morning announced a statutory profit after tax of $122.9 million and a fully franked final dividend of 13 cents per share in its full year results for the 12 months to September 2020. Source: Beef Central ‘No material business impact from COVID-19’: Elders announces 3m net profit