Tag: Coronavirus

Cedar Meats to resume livestock processing tomorrow

WEST Melbourne sheep, goat and calf processor Cedar Meats will resume livestock processing tomorrow, about four weeks after it was closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Sheep Central Cedar Meats to resume livestock processing tomorrow

Aussie dollar recovers from COVID-19 shock

The Aussie dollar is more or less recovered from COVID-19 impacts, which saw the currency plunge 15 percent to below US57c in March. Source: Beef Central Aussie dollar recovers from COVID-19 shock

Exemption option for WA sheep shipment delayed by COVID-19

A WESTERN Australian live sheep exporter could gain an exemption for an impending shipment despite an approaching Middle East moratorium deadline and an outbreak of COVID-19 on a vessel berthed in Fremantle. Source: Sheep Central Exemption option for WA sheep shipment delayed by COVID-19

EvokeAg agtech event pushed back to 2022

COVID-19 concerns have pushed back agriculture’s largest annual agtech event, EvokeAg, by 12 months. Originally scheduled to take place in Perth early next year, organisers have this week postponed the next event until February, 2021. Source: Beef Central EvokeAg agtech event pushed back to 2022

Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

The WA Government is forced to back down after lashing the Commonwealth’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak on a live export ship, with the Federal Agriculture Minister hitting back. Source: ABC Livestock Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Vessel delayed by COVID-19 outbreak could trigger an exemption to new live export animal welfare laws and send 56,000 live sheep to the Middle East in peak summer heat. Source: ABC Livestock Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Landline: Keeping local community news alive during COVID-19

ABC Landline aired an interesting segment on Sunday, showcasing how small communities are keeping local news alive, during COVID-19 closures. Source: Beef Central Landline: Keeping local community news alive during COVID-19

Cedar Meats COVID-19 cases pause as managers back tracing app

MANAGERS at west Melbourne meatworks Cedar Meats have downloaded Australia’s COVIDSafe app as the company battles to recover from its seven week-long coronavirus outbreak. Source: Sheep Central Cedar Meats COVID-19 cases pause as managers back tracing app

Food service providor hit hard by COVID-19 impact

One of Australia’s largest domestic wholesale food service distributors, hit hard by the shutdown of hotels, restaurants and cafes across the country, has put off 100 staff across its Australia-wide operations. Source: Beef Central Food service providor hit hard by COVID-19 impact

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Feedlot numbers fall 12pc, as COVID pressures mount

Cattle on feed for the March quarter across Australia declined by 12 percent or 152,000 head from the record highs seen in December, according to results of the latest Australian Lot Feeders Association and Meat & Livestock Australia industry survey. Source: Beef Central Feedlot numbers fall 12pc, as COVID pressures mount

NSW Rural Womens Gathering postponed until 2021

NEW South Wales’ rural women have had to postpone a popular annual gathering for the first time in 27 years due to COVID-19 restrictions. The NSW Rural Women’s Gathering was to be… Source: Sheep Central NSW Rural Womens Gathering postponed until 2021

JBS to donate A$188m to bolster COVID-19 efforts

Global meat processor JBS has announced a donation worth the equivalent of about A$188 million to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the communities in which its employees live and work around the world. Source: Beef Central JBS to donate A8m to bolster COVID-19 efforts

Cedar Meats full re-start off as COVID-19 cases rise to 90

MELBOURNE lamb, mutton and veal processor Cedar Meats has said it will not re-commence full production next Monday as planned, as the COVID-19 cases connected with it rose to 90 today. Source: Sheep Central Cedar Meats full re-start off as COVID-19 cases rise to 90

The unseen teams keeping cattle exports moving through COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic a team of 35 staff members has been working in complete lockdown in Bali to ensure full traceability and animal welfare standards are maintained for Australian cattle exported to key supply chains. Source: Beef Central The unseen teams keeping cattle exports moving through COVID-19

COVID-19 sheep meat and wool impacts continue

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat and wool exports have continued to be impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 sheep meat and wool impacts continue

Most Cedar Meats staff expected to be cleared of COVID-19

Melbourne lamb, mutton and veal exporter Cedar Meats is expecting most of its staff will have been cleared from COVID-19 quarantine before its scheduled re-opening on 18 May. Source: Beef Central Most Cedar Meats staff expected to be cleared of COVID-19

Most Cedar Meats staff expected to be cleared of COVID-19 this week

MELBOURNE lamb, mutton and veal exporter Cedar Meats is expecting most of its staff will be cleared from COVID-19 quarantine before its scheduled re-opening on 18 May. Source: Sheep Central Most Cedar Meats staff expected to be cleared of COVID-19 this week

Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) has introduced extra short-term financial support measures via its CoMarketing program for lamb and beef brand owners during the difficult COVID-19 trading conditions. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

Pandemic sees people seeking regional lifestyle, getting back to basics

If COVID-19 has spawned in you a desire to grow veggies and raise chooks, you might be among a demographic cohort tipped to create a wave of post-pandemic migration. Source: ABC Livestock Pandemic sees people seeking regional lifestyle, getting back to basics

Littleproud calls for co-operation to limit abattoir COVID-19 spread

CO-OPERATION and collaboration was the best way to ensure more COVID-19 outbreaks did not occur in Australia’s meat processing sector, Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said today. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud calls for co-operation to limit abattoir COVID-19 spread

A chart depicting how Australian ag has weathered the COVID-19 storm

Australian agribusiness has been a quiet achiever in a troubled economy during the COVID-19 crisis, analysis by financial consultancy firm Deloitte Access Economics shows. Source: Beef Central A chart depicting how Australian ag has weathered the COVID-19 storm

Australian ag has weathered COVID-19 storm: Deloitte

Australian agribusiness has been a quiet achiever in a troubled economy during the COVID-19 crisis, analysis by financial consultancy firm Deloitte Access Economics shows. Source: Grain Central Australian ag has weathered COVID-19 storm: Deloitte

Cedar Meats livestock buyers to resume next week

VICTORIAN sheep, goat and veal meatworks Cedar Meats anticipates resuming livestock buying next week, despite the COVID-cluster connected to the business growing by 13 cases to 62 in the last 24 hours. Source: Sheep Central Cedar Meats livestock buyers to resume next week

Record $212 loss in latest 100-day grainfed trading budget, under COVID uncertainty

Market uncertainty and instability brought on by COVID-19 was clearly evident in Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. The end result is a record forecast loss of $212 for our typical flatback heavy feeder steer entering a Downs feedlot today, and closing-out in early August. Source: Beef Central Record 2… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Despite COVID-19 prices holding relatively steady in Indonesia

Demand will be driven mainly by the course of the viral infection across Indonesia but the current situation appears from relatively encouraging, Dr Ross Ainsworth reports in this month’s South East Asia report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Despite COVID-19 prices holding relatively steady in Indonesia

First Cedar Meats COVID-19 case confirmed on 2 April

Victorian abattoir Cedar Meats was not initially considered an exposure site for COVID-19 until late last month, despite its first worker being diagnosed with coronavirus on 2 April. Source: Beef Central First Cedar Meats COVID-19 case confirmed on 2 April

Wheels of rural property finance turning more slowly in COVID-19 landscape

Banks are juggling tightened lending parameters, drought’s legacy and COVID-19 as credit is sought to buy and run properties in northern NSW amid a buoyant outlook for agriculture. Source: Beef Central Wheels of rural property finance turning more slowly in COVID-19 landscape

Is anyone buying 'fake meat' during a global pandemic?

It was the first alternative-meat company to debut on the American stock exchange. But how is Beyond Meat coping 12 months on during a global pandemic? Source: ABC Livestock Is anyone buying ‘fake meat’ during a global pandemic?

Vic meat plant hit by 45 COVID cases hopes to re-open by 18 May

Brooklyn (VIC) sheepmeat, goat and veal abattoir Cedar Meats is planning to resume operations on May 18, despite battling the biggest COVID-19 cluster in the nation, currently numbering 45 cases among staff. Source: Beef Central Vic meat plant hit by 45 COVID cases hopes to re-open by 18 May

COVID-19 hit Cedar Meats plans to re-open in two weeks

BROOKLYN sheep meat, goat and veal abattoir Cedar Meats is planning to resume operations in about two weeks, despite battling the biggest COVID-19 cluster in the nation. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 hit Cedar Meats plans to re-open in two weeks

WoolProducers wants grower feedback on COVID-19 impact

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the nation’s wool-growing businesses. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers wants grower feedback on COVID-19 impact

Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

WEST Melbourne meat processor and exporter Cedar Meats has been confirmed as the location of Victoria’s latest COVID-19 cluster, with a total of 34 coronavirus cases up to this morning. Source: Sheep Central Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats hit by 34 COVID-19 cases

Meat marketing during COVID: don’t go dark now

It’s natural to wonder if you should pull back on marketing during a crisis. But US-based meat marketing specialist Danette Amstein offers this advice: ‘Don’t do it’. Source: Beef Central Meat marketing during COVID: don’t go dark now

COVID confirmed in Victorian meat processing plant

VICTORIAN Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has confirmed Australia’s first COVID-19 outbreak in an un-named Victorian meat processing plant. Source: Beef Central COVID confirmed in Victorian meat processing plant

Kay’s Cuts: US meat industry on its knees

The giant US meat processing industry is renowned the world over for its scale and efficiency. But in the space of just four weeks, the giant has been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Steve Kay, in his latest monthly column for Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US meat… Read more »

Australian wool growers withdraw bales as prices drop lower

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to track downward this week as the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hit major garment markets. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers withdraw bales as prices drop lower

Blackall’s Listowel Downs makes $12.6m via online auction

Online property auctions under the COVID-19 era are performing well, with Blackall district grazing property Listowel Downs being sold ‘under the hammer’ this morning for $12.6 million to a North Queensland grazing family buyer. Source: Beef Central Blackall’s Listowel Downs makes .6m via online auction

MLA offers support for brand owners amid COVID-19 disruption

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has today announced short-term additional financial support measures via the CoMarketing program to support brand owners during the difficult trading environment created by COVID-19. Source: Beef Central MLA offers support for brand owners amid COVID-19 disruption

12-month countdown for Beef Australia 2021 begins

Tomorrow marks the start of the 12-month countdown to Beef Australia 2021, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive beef industry events held in the central Queensland beef capital of Rockhampton every three years. Despite COVID-19, organisers remain optimistic that social distancing and travel circumstances will improve in coming months, to a point where… Read more »

From feeding goats to fighting virus

Chris Bishop’s career as an epidemiologist had slowed down, allowing her to spend time on her farm, until the coronavirus pandemic was declared. Source: ABC Livestock From feeding goats to fighting virus

BeefEx 2020, World Angus Forum join COVID-19 casualty list

More large beef industry events have been cancelled or postponed this week, in the wake of the restrictions placed on large gatherings and travel brought on by coronavirus. Source: Beef Central BeefEx 2020, World Angus Forum join COVID-19 casualty list

Trump takes presidential action to keep US meat processing plants open

US President Donald Trump has used a little-known piece of Korean-War era legislation to keep meat packing plants open, amid fears that protein shortages might arise in the US due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Beef Central Trump takes presidential action to keep US meat processing plants open

There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

NEW South Wales sheep dairy farmer Cressida Cains sees opportunities for small farmers to replace speciality cheese imports with homegrown branded products as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts global supply chains and domestic consumer preferences. Source: Sheep Central There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

Weekly kill: Desperate measures mooted, as US faces serious slaughter bottleneck

The prospect of meat protein shortages in the US has been raised this week, as the number of beef, chicken and pork processing facilities either closed or operating at reduced levels due to COVID-19 infection among staff escalates. Concerns are being raised that the US has been left dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus… Read more »

March cattle export data shows early COVID-19 impacts

Australian cattle shipments to Indonesia were 41 percent lower in March compared to the same month last year, underscoring the early impacts of COVID-19 restrictions in the key northern export market. Source: Beef Central March cattle export data shows early COVID-19 impacts

Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading agricultural field days in Australia and New Zealand will stage virtual events as COVID-19 restrictions force the postponement of the physical events until mass gatherings are allowed again. Source: ABC Livestock Agricultural field days go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

Australian wool market retracts further as COVID-19 bites harder

AUSTRALIA’S wool market continued to retract this week, with general overall losses recorded across the country for most Merino and crossbred types. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market retracts further as COVID-19 bites harder

COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure, says ABARES

Global meat prices are expected to come under downward pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but remain high by historical standards, according to an Australian government report released today. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure, says ABARES

COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure – ABARES

GLOBAL meat prices are expected to come under downward pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but remain high by historical standards, according to an Australian government report released today. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 to put global meat prices under pressure – ABARES

MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia is continuing to provide red meat producers impacted by recent bushfires with online support and services to help with their recovery amid COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sheep Central MLA bushfire recovery support continues online amid COVID-19

Clearing up wet market misinformation

What is not being made clear in the frenzied outcry in the media regarding wet markets and their alleged role in the outbreak of the current pandemic is that there are two very different types of wet markets. Source: Beef Central Clearing up wet market misinformation

North America continues to struggle under COVID-19 processing plant closures

The number of meat processing plants in the United States and Canada that have closed or reduced production due to COVID-19 infections among staff continues to climb, limiting weekly rates of slaughter across North America. Source: Beef Central North America continues to struggle under COVID-19 processing plant closures

How Shikira and her champion chickens are waiting out COVID-19

After she broke her arm 10 years ago, some rather exotic chooks became teenager Shikira Stehbens’ “new best friends”. Now they’re helping her through the difficult times of social isolation. Source: ABC Livestock How Shikira and her champion chickens are waiting out COVID-19

South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

SOUTH African wool sales will resume this week with an electronic auction after a five-week recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central South African wool sales to resume electronically this week

AA Co warns of COVID-19 impacts on bottom line

AA Co has issued warnings this morning over impacts being seen on the business from COVID-19, and a range of measures the company will take to manage the situation. Much of this is apparently being brought on by heavy exposure to high-cost Wagyu beef, and the premium food service hotel and restaurant markets it is… Read more »

Online livestock sales booming amid coronavirus pandemic

The click of a computer mouse or tap of a mobile phone replace the noisy bustle of livestock auctions as COVID-19 restrictions disrupt the traditional world of saleyards. Source: ABC Livestock Online livestock sales booming amid coronavirus pandemic

A message to Grain Central advertisers: Keeping engaged with your customers during COVID-19

Many industry events, including shows, field days, conferences and sales have been cancelled, removing the opportunity for commercial companies servicing the grain and cropping industry to engage with existing customers, and potential new ones. So how do you stay connected with your clients, in a socially-distanced market? Source: Grain Central A message to Grain Central… Read more »

COVID-19 global supply chain disruption risks need management

DISRUPTION to global and import input supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic were emerging risks to Australian agricultural producers that needed active monitoring and management, an ABARES insight report said today. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 global supply chain disruption risks need management

A message to Sheep Central advertisers: Keep engaged with your customers during COVID-19

Many industry events, including shows, field days, conferences and sales have been cancelled, removing the opportunity for commercial companies servicing the meat and livestock industry to engage with existing customers, and potential new ones. So how do you stay connected with your clients, in a socially-distanced market? Source: Sheep Central A message to Sheep Central… Read more »

A message to Beef Central advertisers: Keeping engaged with your customers during COVID-19

Many industry events, including shows, field days, conferences and sales have been cancelled, removing the opportunity for commercial companies servicing the meat and livestock industry to engage with existing customers, and potential new ones. So how do you stay connected with your clients, in a socially-distanced market? Source: Beef Central A message to Beef Central… Read more »

China sees record-breaking March beef arrivals

Imported beef arrivals in China during March reached a record 238,000 tonnes, in a further sign that business is getting back to normal after the country’s COVID-19 challenges. Source: Beef Central China sees record-breaking March beef arrivals

CSIRO research cops double-whammy from hail, COVID-19

CSIRO’s crop research program is being severely constrained by the loss of vital glass house experiments in a hailstorm in January and recent restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Grain Central CSIRO research cops double-whammy from hail, COVID-19

Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Maintenance Manager, Aronui Feedlot – AA Co Territory Sales Manager, Livestock – Elders Clermont Supervisor – Meat Processing, Boning Room – Australian Country… Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

What exactly are your options as an ag-sector employer, if your business is adversely affected by COVID-19 and you do not have the work to sustain your current workforce? Rimfire Resources HR specialist, Kathryne Wall, provides some answers Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

Paraway purchases Angus cows after COVID-19 forces Panshanger sale pivot

One of Tasmania’s largest annual prodution sales of Angus cows has been sold in a single lift to Paraway Pastoral Company for its NSW New England breeding operations, after the originally scheduled online auction was cancelled earlier this month due to Tasmania’s looming border restrictions. Source: Beef Central Paraway purchases Angus cows after COVID-19… Read more »

Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

What exactly are your options as an ag-sector employer, if your business is adversely affected by COVID-19 and you do not have the work to sustain your current workforce? Rimfire Resources HR specialist, Kathryne Wall, privides some answers Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Managing employees through the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 upends global protein markets

Global export forecasts made by the US Department of Agriculture for red and white meat proteins this year have been downgraded, due to emerging threats from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Worldwide, economic growth forecasts have been cut and the impact on consumers will dampen demand for animal protein, USDA’s report says. Source:… Read more »

ICMJ goes digital as coronavirus cancels conferences

Australia’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) is investigating new digital delivery methods for meat science training and career networking after COVID-19 (coronavirus) forced the cancellation of its annual conferences. Source: Beef Central ICMJ goes digital as coronavirus cancels conferences

Weekly property review: Is investor optimism justified in current uncertain climate?

While seemingly nothing and no-one is immune to the impact of COVID-19, Australian agriculture appears to be in good shape, with many property marketing agents cautiously optimistic that rural land assets will continue to be a good investment for both domestic and foreign buyers. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Is investor optimism justified… Read more »

Property: Farming forges on, in a COVID-impacted world

As urban society grapples with the virally-affected new world, farmers and graziers are flat out producing food and fibre to feed and clothe society, rural valuer Herron Todd White points out in its latest monthly property market report. Source: Beef Central Property: Farming forges on, in a COVID-impacted world

Kay’s Cuts: COVID-19’s continuing chaos

The onset of recession brought on by COVID-19 already has US livestock analysts and economists talking about ‘demand destruction’ for beef in the coming months in the US, says Beef Central’s US market commentator, Steve Kay. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: COVID-19’s continuing chaos

Weekly genetics review: Selling bulls amid COVID-19

As the autumn bull sales wind to a close, the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings have possibly not been as significant as some may have first feared. However, with the spring bull selling season now fast approaching, many bull breeders and commercial cattlemen are wondering what changes will be required in order to promote the… Read more »

US and Canadian plant closures, as COVID-19 impacts meat production capacity

Positive disease detections among staff are causing North American meat processing plants to close, while New Zealand red meat processing capacity has been reduced through disease control measures, in the latest COVID-19 developments. Source: Beef Central US and Canadian plant closures, as COVID-19 impacts meat production capacity

McDonald’s sales hit hard during March

Burger restaurant giant McDonald’s has been hit hard by COVID-19, with March sales in all markets down 22pc year-on-year. Most of the damage was done in the second half of the month after people movement restrictions emerged. Source: Beef Central McDonald’s sales hit hard during March

Coronavirus sees the revival of an old practice

Robe dairy producers set up home deliveries, hoping to keep their business alive. Source: ABC Livestock Coronavirus sees the revival of an old practice

Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment

Livestock export industry leaders have called for “calm and perspective” after reports that a shipment of Australian cattle cancelled by an Indonesian importer under force majeure earlier this week raised producer concerns about coronavirus impacts on the trade.  Source: Beef Central Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment