Tag: Coronavirus

Pre-shift COVID-19 testing could maximise regional meat worker jobs

COULD regional Victorian meat processors that have avoided COVID-19 outbreaks this year be offered a different deal to the state-wide workforce cuts being applied over the next six weeks? Deakin University epidemiology chair Professor Catherine Bennett thinks so…. Source: Sheep Central Pre-shift COVID-19 testing could maximise regional meat worker jobs

COVID’s second wave is distorting domestic meat market in previously unseen ways

The second wave of COVID-related consumer demand being seen for red meat this week – most evident in Victoria and NSW, but gradually extending into other states – is pushing wholesale buying patterns in some unusual and even unique directions. Source: Beef Central COVID’s second wave is distorting domestic meat market in previously unseen… Read more »

High wheat production ensures Australia’s grain security in COVID era

As a new round of COVID-19 restrictions raises consumer concerns, Australians have been reassured there is no threat to food security with the nation producing far more wheat than domestic demand could consume. Source: Grain Central High wheat production ensures Australia’s grain security in COVID era

Recruitment: Ag appointments slow during early COVID stage, but now in recovery

While many agribusinesses held off making key staff appointments during the early stages of COVID-19 over the April-May period due to uncertainty, there is now renewed interest in moving forward, Agricultural Appointments’ Dr Ray Johnson suggests Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Ag appointments slow during early COVID stage, but now in recovery

Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday, as Premier Daniel Andrews provides further detail around tighter processor operating conditions across the state. Source: Beef Central Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

SMALL Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday. Source: Sheep Central Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

MLA assures domestic consumers on lockdown meat supplies

MEAT & Livestock Australia has assured consumers the Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown processor workforce reductions in Victoria are not anticipated to create domestic product shortages. Source: Sheep Central MLA assures domestic consumers on lockdown meat supplies

Victorian meat processor workforce COVID-19 cuts to vary

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today indicated the State Government was working on tailoring its required workforce cuts to different meat processing sectors under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat processor workforce COVID-19 cuts to vary

Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today indicated the State Government was working on tailoring its required workforce cuts to different meat processing sectors under the state’s new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions, which come into effect at midnight on Friday. Source: Beef Central Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

Victorian abattoirs move to clarify new COVID-19 workforce rule

VICTORIAN meat processors were today reorganising to meet and clarify new Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that will mean cuts to their workforces by a third of daily peak production capacity levels. Source: Sheep Central Victorian abattoirs move to clarify new COVID-19 workforce rule

What do Victoria’s new COVID regulations mean for meat processing?

VICTORIAN meat processors were today reorganising to meet and clarify new Stage Four COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that will mean cuts to their workforces by a third of daily peak production capacity levels. Source: Beef Central What do Victoria’s new COVID regulations mean for meat processing?

‘Essential’ farm machinery, ag production carry on under Victorian COVID lockdown

Agricultural food production and the farm machinery sector will continue to operate relatively normally under the strict, new COVID-19 restrictions imposed on Melbourne and regional Victoria this week. Source: Grain Central ‘Essential’ farm machinery, ag production carry on under Victorian COVID lockdown

Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by a third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Friday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by one third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Wednesday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Premier Daniel Andrews this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

MLA cancels Red Meat 2020 event due to COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia has announced its annual Red Meat event will not take place this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Source: Sheep Central MLA cancels Red Meat 2020 event due to COVID-19

Mixed lamb market results as rain and COVID-19 impacts hit

LAMB and sheep prices generally lifted in saleyards last week as rainfall sucked supplies out of some northern markets, while exporter competition due to COVID-19 impacts firmed as plants planned the resumption of operations. Source: Sheep Central Mixed lamb market results as rain and COVID-19 impacts hit

Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

Australia will continue to promote and pursue free trade on the global stage despite the threat of the COVID pandemic pushing countries towards greater protectionism. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

COVID-19 case forces second closure of Cedar Meats abattoir

WEST Melbourne sheep, goat and calf processor Cedar Meats has been forced to close for second time to this year due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 case forces second closure of Cedar Meats abattoir

Pandemic can't stop nine billion bees on their way to Victoria's almond crops

Australia’s largest annual mass migration of livestock is underway in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to reduce the risk of people getting stung, the bulk of the work is happening at night when most of us are sleeping. Source: ABC Livestock Pandemic can’t stop nine billion bees on their way to Victoria’s… Read more »

MLA’s Red Meat 2020 event cancelled

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) on Friday announcts that its annual Red Meat event will not take place this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Red Meat 2020 event cancelled

Sheep Producers Australia supports COVID-19 collaboration

PEAK industry body Sheep Producers Australia has called for greater ‘ground level’ collaboration by government authorities with livestock processors to ensure red meat supplies continue. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia supports COVID-19 collaboration

Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

Suggestions have been raised this week that Government JobKeeper payments being received by some processing industry personnel are helping to distort competition for livestock – in what is already an incredibly competitive slaughter cattle supply environment this year. Source: Beef Central Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

COVID-19, stocks reporting impact grain industry: AGIC

Will the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic turmoil in the United States disrupt that nation’s agriculture and create new opportunities for Australian grain exporters on the world market? Source: Grain Central COVID-19, stocks reporting impact grain industry: AGIC

Australian Lamb Company plans its comeback from COVID-19

VICTORIAN meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company at Colac, is planning to re-open on Monday next week, after being closed for about two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Sheep Central Australian Lamb Company plans its comeback from COVID-19

COVID lessons helping make food supply chains more resilient

Major food supply chain partners Coles and JBS Australia gave some insights into the problems and solutions found in red meat supply onto the domestic market during recent COVID-19 challenges during a webinar hosted by the Food Agility CRC this week.  Source: Beef Central COVID lessons helping make food supply chains more resilient

AA Co remains upbeat, despite past year’s COVID, drought and market challenges

A ‘simpler, more efficient’ Australian Agricultural Co has allowed the business to continue to roll out its branded beef strategy and respond to challenges created by COVID-19, shareholders were told at this morning’s 2020 Annual General Meeting. Source: Beef Central AA Co remains upbeat, despite past year’s COVID, drought and market challenges

JBS Brooklyn returns to work

Victoria’s largest meat processing facility – JBS Australia’s Brooklyn abattoir – is gradually returning to full production after suffering a COVID-19 outbreak about three weeks ago. Source: Beef Central JBS Brooklyn returns to work

Vic processor Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep plant running

Victorian meat processor Midfield has had to fly in coronavirus-free inspectors from interstate to keep its plant running after a brief closure last week to test all its workers for COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Vic processor Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep plant running

Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep lamb and beef chains going

VICTORIAN meat processor Midfield has had to fly in coronavirus-free inspectors from interstate to keep its plant running after a brief closure last week to test all its workers for COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central Midfield flies in meat inspectors to keep lamb and beef chains going

JBS Brooklyn abattoir resumes lamb and beef processing

VICTORIA’S largest meat processing facility – JBS Australia’s Brooklyn abattoir — is gradually returning to full production after suffering a COVID-19 outbreak about three weeks ago. Source: Sheep Central JBS Brooklyn abattoir resumes lamb and beef processing

Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

The Federal Government needs to get behind Australian farmers and help them through the challenges of the COVID pandemic by addressing trade, market and regulation issues, according to GrainGrowers Ltd. Source: Grain Central Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

Consumers not likely to be impacted by meat processor shutdowns

The shutdown of meat processors in Victoria due to COVID-19 cases among abattoir workers will not affect meat supplies for consumers, industry figures say. Source: ABC Livestock Consumers not likely to be impacted by meat processor shutdowns

Aussie beef stays strong during second COVID wave 

Cattle Council of Australia is moving to reassure Australian consumers that beef will still be readily available in our butcheries and supermarkets, despite a second wave of COVID-19 in Victoria.  Source: Beef Central Aussie beef stays strong during second COVID wave 

Cattle turnoff forecast to fall, but herd rebuild slow to gather pace

The Australian cattle market finds itself in a unprecedented position, with many divergent factors impacting the industry in addition to COVID-19, according to MLA’s mid-year Cattle Industry Projections update. Total adult cattle slaughter is now forecast to drop to 7 million head, down 17pc compared to 2019 levels. Source: Beef Central Cattle turnoff forecast… Read more »

Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry has supported Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ message for workers to stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, but urged against any industry shutdowns. Source: Sheep Central Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

COVID a community and public health issue, not a meat industry issue, says AMIC

COVID was a public health issue and a community-transmitted virus, not a meat industry or food safety issue, AMIC argued in a statement this afternoon, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warned that entire industries could be shut down in the state if people continued to go to work with symptoms Source: Beef Central COVID… Read more »

Competition needed to sustain lamb markets hit by COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN lamb and sheep prices have been hit by COVID-19 impacts and abattoir maintenance shutdowns in recent weeks, but stock agents have welcomed the resumption of Warrnambool processor Midfield after its voluntary closure earlier this week. Source: Sheep Central Competition needed to sustain lamb markets hit by COVID-19

Victorian sheep and beef processor Midfield resumes operations

VICTORIAN sheep and beef processor Midfield appears to have avoided any spread of COVID-19 to its Warrnambool abattoir workforce after resuming operations yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and beef processor Midfield resumes operations

ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) and major oil refineries will be allowed to continue to cooperate on measures to ensure the security of fuel supplies in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, under a proposed authorisation from the ACCC.  Source: Grain Central ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

Australian Medical Association seeks national face mask approach

AUSTRALIA’S peak doctor body has called for a national approach to face mask use in the community, including for meat processors, as the second wave of COVID-19 infections continue to rise nationally. Source: Sheep Central Australian Medical Association seeks national face mask approach

National shearer shortage looms as New Zealanders battle the border

Seven million sheep might not get shorn in time if overseas shearer don’t get granted entry to Australia due to coronavirus restrictions, leaving producers risk animal health and severe financial losses. Source: ABC Livestock National shearer shortage looms as New Zealanders battle the border

Midfield plant stays closed as 300 workers are cleared for COVID-19

WARRNAMBOOL meat processor Midfield has opted to stay closed to protect its community, despite 300 of about 900 workers returning negative COVID-19 test results today. Source: Sheep Central Midfield plant stays closed as 300 workers are cleared for COVID-19

COVID not the only animal-borne disease farmers are battling

AgForce is calling on the State Government to invest in and improve access to the vaccine for Q fever, a little-known infectious disease that causes significant lifelong health issues for farm workers. Source: Beef Central COVID not the only animal-borne disease farmers are battling

Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

LIVE sheep exports remain a key pathway for Middle East markets as chilled carcase exports are impacted by COVID-19 travel bans, Meat and Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

Australian Lamb Company plant closes as COVID-19 cases confirmed

VICTORIAN sheep meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company, has been forced to close for at least two weeks as COVID-19 testing confirms eight coronavirus cases among employees. Source: Sheep Central Australian Lamb Company plant closes as COVID-19 cases confirmed

Two more Victorian meat plants close over COVID-19

Victorian sheepmeat processor, the Australian Lamb Company, has been forced to close for at least two weeks as  testing confirms eight COVID-19 positive cases among employees. And Warrnambool-based beef and sheeepmeat processor Midfield Meat International has also closed as a precaution, despite having recorded no positive COVID-19 cases. Source: Beef Central Two more Victorian… Read more »

China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

Long delays are being reported in chilled and frozen food exports arriving in China, as Chinese authorities continue to rigorously test imported foodstuffs for COVID-19. Source: Beef Central China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

New Victorian meat plant COVID-19 cases add to daily peak

COVID-19 cases in two Melbourne meat processing plants increased again this week, with Victoria reporting its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian meat plant COVID-19 cases add to daily peak

Kay’s Cuts: US meat packers perform a minor miracle with recovery

United States beef packers are being investigated by the USDA, the US Justice Department and others for any illegal market behaviour when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the US to virtually shut down for two months back in April. How startling, then, that US packers have performed a minor miracle by returning to full production levels… Read more »

COVID-19 outbreak grows at closed JBS Australia abattoir at Brooklyn

A COVID-19 outbreak linked to major Victorian abattoir JBS Brooklyn has tripled in size this week, as state authorities battle a wave of infections in businesses, aged care facilities and the community. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 outbreak grows at closed JBS Australia abattoir at Brooklyn

Regional manufacturing focus needed for COVID-19 recovery – NFF

A FOCUS on a renaissance of regional manufacturing must form part of ‘regionalisation’, regional deals and the Federal Government’s plan for COVID-19 recovery, National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson said yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Regional manufacturing focus needed for COVID-19 recovery – NFF

Fertiliser prices staying low, but COVID-19 supply warning

AUSTRALIAN farmers are taking full advantage of low global fertiliser prices, but Rabobank has warned that COVID-19 had amplified the risk of isolated shortages and resulting price increases. Source: Sheep Central Fertiliser prices staying low, but COVID-19 supply warning

Cattle graziers living through 'best year in recent memory'

Many businesses have felt the pinch from COVID-19, but for some channel country graziers in western Queensland the last couple of months have been great for business. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle graziers living through ‘best year in recent memory’

AgQuip Field Days latest to cancel due to COVID-19

The giant AgQuip Field Days at Gunnedah in north west NSW are the latest to fall victim to COVID-19 uncertainty with organisers announcing today the event has been cancelled. Source: Grain Central AgQuip Field Days latest to cancel due to COVID-19

Victorian shearer training gives COVID-19 workers new options

VICTORIA’S rejuvenated shearer and wool handler training courses are offering new work options for workers laid off or at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic business downturn. Source: Sheep Central Victorian shearer training gives COVID-19 workers new options

Updated: COVID-19 changes to rural events

Here’s the latest list of agricultural conferences and events that have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Source: Grain Central Updated: COVID-19 changes to rural events

Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian ag employment

RAIN, a good growing season since March, and the ability to adapt quickly are all major factors which have helped the Australian agribusiness sector remain resilient through the first four months of COVID-19, recruitment and HR consultant Rimfire Resources says. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian ag employment

Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian agribusiness employment

Rain, a good growing season since March, and the ability to adapt quickly are all major factors which have helped the Australian agribusiness sector remain resilient through the first four months of COVID-19, recruitment and HR consultant Rimfire Resources says. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian agribusiness employment

Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian agribusiness employment

Australian agribusiness is faring well in the COVID-19 crisis with only 5pc of agribusinesses making redundancies since March, compared with 24pc of businesses across all industries. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Tracking COVID’s impact on Australian agribusiness employment

Border restrictions won’t impede agricultural movements

This week’s closure of borders with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 should have minimal impact on essential agricultural cross-border movements. Source: Grain Central Border restrictions won’t impede agricultural movements

Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

The second wave COVID-19 crisis unfolding in the United States is creating renewed concerns among manufacturing beef exporters in Australia. Source: Beef Central Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

No further COVID-19 cases at Melbourne meat plants

VICTORIA’S Department of Health and Human Service has reported no further COVID-19 infections at the two Melbourne meat plants impacted by confirmed cases this week. The DHHS reported on Monday… Source: Sheep Central No further COVID-19 cases at Melbourne meat plants

Melbourne lockdown catches tradies, farmers and students living on the city fringe

Victorian farmers, tradies and students living near the eastern-most border of Melbourne’s lockdown say they are stuck in limbo, not knowing whether they can make deliveries or collect essential supplies from the affected area. Source: ABC Livestock Melbourne lockdown catches tradies, farmers and students living on the city fringe

Two Victorian meat facilities detect COVID positives

Two Victorian meat processing facilities have had a staffmember test positive for coronavirus on the weekend, the Victorian Government health department has advised. Pacific Meat, a multi-species boning room at Thomastown, and JBS Australia’s large Brooklyn processing facility have each recorded a single case of COVID-19 among staff. Source: Beef Central Two Victorian meat… Read more »

With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Shearing school is in session but only half the usual number of students can attend due to new coronavirus restrictions. Teachers say that won’t be enough to keep the industry afloat. Source: ABC Livestock With coronavirus limiting training, the wool industry fears a shearer shortage

Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S Wool Week events in Victoria’s capital Melbourne have been cancelled as COVID-19 disruptions continued in the state. Source: Sheep Central Wool Week face-to-face events cancelled in Melbourne

COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, National Australia Bank says in its latest monthly Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Sheep Central COVID second wave could impact sheepmeat, wool demand

Record cattle prices face risks amid global pandemic

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, says NAB, in its latest Rural Commodity Wrap. While buying activity is expected to continue as long as it keeps raining, there are substantial risks for the sustainability… Read more »

Agricultural shows to receive $36m lifeline

The Federal Government will fund a $36 million support package for agricultural shows to help them deal with cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19-related cancellations. Source: Beef Central Agricultural shows to receive m lifeline

Food service ‘slowly stirring’ after three month COVID slumber

Encouraging statistics are emerging suggesting the food service sector (hotels, restaurants, cafés and catering) is getting back on its feet after COVID-19 closures. Source: Beef Central Food service ‘slowly stirring’ after three month COVID slumber

Henty field days cancelled for first time since 1970s

One of Australia’s largest agricultural exhibitions is called off amid uncertainty over how the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions will pan out. Source: ABC Livestock Henty field days cancelled for first time since 1970s

China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Exporters of beef, lamb seafood and a range of other perishable food items destined for the China market are being asked to supply declarations supporting the COVID-19 safety of their shipments. Source: Beef Central China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Onboard perspective: Cruising with cattle during Covid-19

COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships earlier this year have left the Australian public quite understandably concerned about ocean going vessels as one of the most serious threats for future infections. But, as Ross Ainsworth writes from on board the Ocean Shearer this week, in the case of cargo vessels including livestock carriers, the reverse is… Read more »

Confidence dips, but farmers stay positive in face of COVID uncertainty: Rabobank

Uncertainty about the impacts of COVID-19 has taken the gloss off farmer confidence, but positive seasonal conditions and solid commodity prices in most sectors are keeping farmers’ spirits up. Source: Grain Central Confidence dips, but farmers stay positive in face of COVID uncertainty: Rabobank

Food service sector starts on long, slow road to recovery

Australia’s food service sector is showing the first green shoots of recovery after being pole-axed by restaurant, hotel, café, conference and resort closures over the COVID-19 closure period. Source: Beef Central Food service sector starts on long, slow road to recovery

When COVID-19 struck, this free-range egg farm just got busier

White Swan Eggs usually trades 70 per cent of their stock to cafes, but as restaurants shut up shop their farmgate sales compensated for the loss as many mad the effort to shop locally. Source: ABC Livestock When COVID-19 struck, this free-range egg farm just got busier

Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

Farmers keen to go to the saleyards to watch their livestock be sold or to do their own bidding are being urged to find out if it is open to the public before turning up on sale day. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Meat packing facilities in the United States hit hard by COVID-19 issues since March are now operating at close to normal capacity again. Source: Beef Central America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Recruitment: Effectively managing remote staff during COVID-19

The big change in the workplace post-COVID-19 will come from how we communicate. This is the heart of success or failure. This means overcoming one of the great barriers: a lack of trust. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Effectively managing remote staff during COVID-19

'A question of when, not if': Another pandemic is coming – and sooner than we think

Scientists warn that far-reaching changes to the environment are leading to new diseases like COVID-19 emerging faster than ever before. And they say something needs to change if we want to prevent the next pandemic. Source: ABC Livestock ‘A question of when, not if’: Another pandemic is coming – and sooner than we think

Recruitment: Effectively managing remote staff during COVID-19

Managing remote teams, such as during the COVID-19 era, requires a different mindset by leaders, says The Right Mind’s David Hanlon. “When done effectively, it is very rewarding for both leaders and team members. As we enter the world of increased remoteness, organisations who adapt to the new leadership style and have the discipline to… Read more »

Recruitment: Effectively managing remote staff during COVID

Managing remote teams, such as during the COVID-19 era, requires a different mindset by leaders, says The Right Mind’s David Hanlon. “When done effectively, it is very rewarding for both leaders and team members. As we enter the world of increased remoteness, organisations who adapt to the new leadership style and have the discipline to… Read more »

COVID-19 triggers shift in agribusiness foreign exchange behaviours

The Australian dollar traded at a 17-year low in March, triggering a shift in behaviour for many agribusinesses looking to take advantage of favourable exchange rates to market their products. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 triggers shift in agribusiness foreign exchange behaviours