Tag: Coronavirus

Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

VICTORIAN farms and agribusinesses continuing to keep Victorian supermarkets stocked and food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with have the help of Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

NEW online sheep seller FarmGate Auctions is waiving listing fees for its livestock customers following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sheep Central New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

RURAL communities and farmers have been urged by epidemiologist and public health specialist Professor Tony Blakely to isolate and look after their elderly and chronically ill during the coronavirus COVID-19… Source: Sheep Central Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

COVID-19 trade and operational impacts dominated questions from financial analysts and investors taking part in JBS’s annual global conference call on Friday, following the release of record financial results for the company’s 2019 trading year. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

Mungindi farmer Sam Heagney’s video message to Australian people: don’t sweat food security, Aussie farmers have got you covered. Source: Beef Central ‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Some young cattle categories lifted a little in price, while others eased in AuctionsPlus trading this week, in another enormous catalogue of 28,852 head. Friday’s sales encountered technical problems brought on by COVID-19 issues, however. Source: Beef Central Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Rice was the first staple food to be restricted in supermarkets when Coronavirus hit and panic buying erupted, and restocking shelves has been near impossible with rice production critically low. Source: ABC Grain Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

David Littleproud confirmed today that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue, as livestock peak councils back industry-wide steps to keep saleyards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

The AuctionsPlus online livestock marketing platform has recorded exponential growth in turnover during the past few months, and the latest COVID-19 constraints around gatherings of people, leading to saleyard closures and strict yards operating conditions, have only intensified that trend. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Border closures in Queensland and South Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not impeding the flow of interstate grain, but heightened cleaning requirements are making it tough for truckies on the road. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

WA has taken steps today to underpin agricultural production and head off farm labour shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exempting workers and freight from cross-border restrictions. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

SHEEP shearing is continuing around Australia, but with sheds implementing social distancing strategies consistent with government and industry advice as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

Meat & Livestock Australia’s livestock market indicators have been temporarily suspended, under a raft of measures put in place through the National Livestock Reporting Service under COVID-19 constraints. Source: Beef Central NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

The liquor industry, which generates $42 billion for the economy, wants to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus, saying closures will result in massive job losses. Source: ABC Grain Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

SHEEP Producers Australia is supporting sheep and red meat industry initiatives on agriculture-related transport, live export and wool supply during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Travel bans and state border closures introduced to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus have thrown a question mark over labour force availability during sowing and harvest. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Cattle hides are the latest beef industry commodity to buckle under the impact of COVID-19, with reports this week that international buyers have more or less withdrawn from making offers on Australian hides. Source: Beef Central Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Livestock saleyards survive latest COVID-19 restrictions

SALEYARD selling of livestock in Australia is set to continue despite a further tightening of coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions on business and the public nationwide. Source: Sheep Central Livestock saleyards survive latest COVID-19 restrictions

Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Some veterinarians in Tasmania are sceptical about suggestions animal ventilators could be used on humans during the coronavirus pandemic, with some warning making them fit for purpose may be too expensive. Source: ABC Livestock Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Australian wool sales continue as South Africa shuts down

AUSTRALIA’S wool auctions are expected to continue despite the second stage business and personal gathering restrictions announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool sales continue as South Africa shuts down

Wool buyers step back from online AuctionsPlus buying

WOOL buyers stepped back from online sourcing last week as the physical auction market was hit harder by the growing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Wool buyers step back from online AuctionsPlus buying

Come to bootcamp with Lambs Alive and Sheep Central + VIDEO

AUSTRALIA’S first online bootcamp for sheep farmers will meet the COVID-19 pandemic head on with a series of free webinars from Lambs Alive and Sheep Central next week to help producers boost returns in today’s markets. Source: Sheep Central Come to bootcamp with Lambs Alive and Sheep Central + VIDEO

Researchers find COVID-19 social distancing uptake needs to be over 80pc

IF 90 percent of Australians adopt social distancing, the spread of COVID-19 could be controlled by July this year, a University of Sydney data study has found. Source: Sheep Central Researchers find COVID-19 social distancing uptake needs to be over 80pc

Red meat supply chains stronger together in fight against COVID-19

Australia’s red meat and livestock industry held its second virtual round table on Monday to ensure all parts of the supply chain adapt to the evolving COVID-19 response and ensure high quality and nutritious meat for all Australians. Source: Beef Central Red meat supply chains stronger together in fight against COVID-19

NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

The NSW DPI has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched an online resource to help the primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

Vets call for ‘essential service’ designation during pandemic

Veterinarians are calling on the Federal Government to acknowledge the important role they play in society, following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement last night of a lockdown on ‘non-essential’ businesses and services to curb the spread of the COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Vets call for ‘essential service’ designation during pandemic

Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Bull breeders across Australia have been quick to respond to latest government restrictions over gatherings of people, swinging quickly to online auctions in place of face-to-face bull sales. Source: Beef Central Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

From on-property cattle yards to Australia’s largest meatworks, the coronavirus crisis is forcing changes of behaviour that just a few weeks ago would have seemed impossible throughout the cattle industry. Source: Beef Central New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

Milk, bar: Country pub's virus response lifts local spirits

A New South Wales hotel is among businesses finding innovative ways to diversify as jobs are cut and coronavirus panic buying continues. Source: ABC Livestock Milk, bar: Country pub’s virus response lifts local spirits

Qld releases more detail on border closure measures

Further details about how Queensland’s border shutdown will work have been released by premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today. Source: Beef Central Qld releases more detail on border closure measures

McDonald’s launches grassfed burger in Australia, but shuts overseas restaurants over virus fears

Global burger chain giant McDonald’s has launched a certified grassfed beef burger in the Australian market for the first time, under a limited-time offer. Meanwhile the company has shut its 1350 stores in rthe UK and Ireland, over coronavirus fears. Source: Beef Central McDonald’s launches grassfed burger in Australia, but shuts overseas restaurants over… Read more »

Airfreight beef exports halted by international flight bans

The cancellation of international passenger flights into, and out of Australia has seen airfreight beef shipments to export markets grind to a virtual halt in the past week. Source: Beef Central Airfreight beef exports halted by international flight bans

Agribusiness takes steps to contain the threat of COVID-19

Northern New South Wales agricultural service provider, McGregor Gourlay, will tomorrow introduce a range of stringent measures to counter the threat of the COVID-19 virus disrupting vital agricultural and food supplies. Source: Grain Central Agribusiness takes steps to contain the threat of COVID-19

Rural commodities resilient amid COVID-19 crisis: NAB

Despite the COVID-19 virus effectively halting global travel and placing pressure on trade and transport links, Australia’s position as a net exporter of food positioned the country well in terms of food security. Source: Grain Central Rural commodities resilient amid COVID-19 crisis: NAB

Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

AUSTRALIAN farmer bodies federally and at the state level seem yet to have formal recognition for agriculture and agribusinesses as essential services as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens. Source: Sheep Central Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

Australian wool auction rooms are reorganised to survive COVID-19

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction rooms are being re-organised to minimise their coronavirus risk and online selling options are also being considered. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool auction rooms are reorganised to survive COVID-19

AuctionsPlus and WoolQ ready their online wool auction systems

AUSTRALIA’S largest online livestock seller AuctionsPlus and newcomer WoolQ are getting ready to provide online wool auctions in the event of the loss of physical wool-selling services due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus and WoolQ ready their online wool auction systems

Cautious industry mood evident in latest 100-day grainfed trading budget

Uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is bearing an influence on Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. Both forward contract finished grainfed cattle prices and feeder cattle prices have softened in the past week, delivering a result not dissimilar to our previous monthly trading budget calculated back on February 18. Source: Beef… Read more »

Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

Cattle movements across state borders and through export ports should continue to flow smoothly despite new transport restrictions designed to stem the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

COVID-19: Ag as essential service to operate across lockdowns

The supply chain which provides inputs to agriculture and markets its produce is not being impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns coming into effect across Australia. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Ag as essential service to operate across lockdowns

NFF seeks essential service status for agriculture and food supply chain

FARMERS have been assured that agriculture and the food supply chain will not be interrupted, despite the closure of travel between some states to fight the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Source: Sheep Central NFF seeks essential service status for agriculture and food supply chain

Exporters slam new COVID-19 rule keeping foreign ships out of ports

Queensland cattle exporters are scrambling for solutions after the State Government imposed a strict new rule on shipping in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock Exporters slam new COVID-19 rule keeping foreign ships out of ports

Beef carcase starts to get ‘revalued’, following COVID-19 impact

COVID-19 is exerting heavy and unusual pressure on the value that can be extracted from any given beef carcase, as consumer behaviour continues to distort market demand for red meat in previously unseen ways. Source: Beef Central Beef carcase starts to get ‘revalued’, following COVID-19 impact

Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Livestock export industry leaders say they are working with ports and federal and State Governments to find ways to ensure the trade can continue to operate through the new restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Merino wool prices crash as coronavirus hits market confidence

MERINO wool prices fell by 110-139 cents a kilogram in Australia this week as the market was hit harder by global coronavirus COVID-19 economic impacts. Source: Sheep Central Merino wool prices crash as coronavirus hits market confidence

Mauro Balzarini says livex ship project delayed by Italy lockdown

Former Wellard boss Mauro Balzarini says the coronavirus-forced lockdown of Italy and other parts of Europe has slowed the progress of his recently announced plans to launch a new class of livestock carriers. Source: Beef Central Mauro Balzarini says livex ship project delayed by Italy lockdown

Saleyards move to stay open and claim essential service status

LIVESTOCK saleyards are being encouraged to stay open as they seek clarification of the sector’s status as an essential service during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Saleyards move to stay open and claim essential service status

Coronavirus global concerns hit Australian lamb seller confidence

LAMB and sheep producers have been urged to stay calm and not flood markets with stock as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic impacts the supply chain. Source: Sheep Central Coronavirus global concerns hit Australian lamb seller confidence

COVID-19: Milling booms, malting holds as shoppers react

Flour millers and bakers are responding to a massive upswing in demand as consumer spending reacts to concerns about COVID-19, while beer sales show signs of rising as bar sales plummet due to social distancing. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Milling booms, malting holds as shoppers react

Panic buying gets to the meat of what really matters to consumers

Times of crisis tend to reveal consumers’ true colours, and if the coronvirus pandemic this week is any guide, real meat remains a number one consumer product of choice. In contrast, supermarket chilled cabinets containing ‘plant-based’ meat products remain virtually untouched…. Source: Beef Central Panic buying gets to the meat of what really matters… Read more »

Melbourne wholesaler expands into home-delivery, in response to COVID-19

A Melbourne meat wholesaler has responded to the rapidly changing patterns of Australian consumer behaviour brought on by coronavirus by launching an online-purchasing, home-delivery service. Source: Beef Central Melbourne wholesaler expands into home-delivery, in response to COVID-19

Outback families order kids home from boarding schools

As uncertainty over COVID19 swirls, worried parents are bringing students home early to farms and outback stations. Source: ABC Livestock Outback families order kids home from boarding schools

COVID-19: Farmers reassure public of food security

Farmers are reassuring consumers there is no need to fear food shortages in Australia as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Farmers reassure public of food security

Coronavirus pandemic hits AuctionsPlus Wool sales

ONLINE wool sales slumped last week as the Australian wool market finally reacted to the global pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Coronavirus pandemic hits AuctionsPlus Wool sales

MLA livestock genetics forum postponed

Meat & Livestock Australia’s proposed 2020 genetics forum, which was to have taken place in Adelaide on 25-26 March, has been postponed due to coronavirus. Source: Beef Central MLA livestock genetics forum postponed

RLX saleyard group makes ‘minor but important changes’ in response to COVID-19

The AAM Investment Group (AAM), which manages and operates the Regional Livestock Exchange (RLX) network of livestock selling facilities, has announced ‘minor but important management changes’ to sale-day management procedures across the RLX network in response to the COVID-19 virus. Source: Beef Central RLX saleyard group makes ‘minor but important changes’ in response to COVID-19

COVID-19: Saleyards to sell on, but with restricted access

Saleyards around the country have started limiting access to livestock auctions under new measures aimed at curbing the potential spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19. Source: Beef Central COVID-19: Saleyards to sell on, but with restricted access

COVID-19 prompts restrictions on livestock saleyard attendance

SALEYARDS across Australia have started limiting public access to livestock auctions to limit the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 and continue sales in the face of tightening people gathering restrictions. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 prompts restrictions on livestock saleyard attendance

Weekly kill: Grids slide 20-50c/kg as coronavirus concerns escalate

Uncertainty over the impact that coronavirus will have on international meat demand is contributing to a dramatic 20-30c/kg decline on Queensland direct consignment grid offers this week, and up to 50c/kg in parts of NSW. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids slide 20-50c/kg as coronavirus concerns escalate

Coronavirus sours pork price as restaurant bookings plunge

People are abandoning restaurants amid the coronavirus crisis, causing pork prices to fall and cruelling the slow recovery for pig producers. Source: ABC Livestock Coronavirus sours pork price as restaurant bookings plunge

Domestic retail beef turnover booming, in the wake of coronavirus impact

Domestic red meat retailers including butchers and supermarkets are experiencing an unprecedented boom in sales turnover, as the latest impacts of coronavirus work their way through the community. The trend is being driven by two main factors, contacts are telling Beef Central Source: Beef Central Domestic retail beef turnover booming, in the wake of… Read more »

How COVID-19 is affecting rural events

Numerous rural events and conferences scheduled for March and April have been postponed since Friday amid increasing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 cases. Source: Beef Central How COVID-19 is affecting rural events

COVID-19 forces postponement, cancellation of rural events

Numerous rural events and conferences scheduled for March and April have been postponed since Friday amid increasing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 cases. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 forces postponement, cancellation of rural events

Coronavirus impacts widen as NTCA postpones 2020 conference

The Northern Territory Cattlemens’ Association has made the tough decision to postpone its popular annual conference amid increasing national efforts to limit the potential spread of  coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Coronavirus impacts widen as NTCA postpones 2020 conference

Forward wool sellers discount to cut risk as COVID-19 impact grows

UNCERTAINTY around the impact of the coronavirus or COVID-19 on supply chains and global economies has seen stock and commodity markets fall sharply. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool sellers discount to cut risk as COVID-19 impact grows

Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

Meat processors and retailers have welcomed the Federal Government’s coronavirus stimulus package announced yesterday, emphasising the impact that it will have on the already struggling post farm-gate meat industry. Source: Beef Central Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

China imported beef supply situation starts to improve, but virus problems grow elsewhere

As the World Health Organisation overnight declared the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, export beef supply channels into China are showing encouraging signs of freeing-up this week – but the disease impact is now being seen more broadly in Australia’s other export beef customer countries. Source: Beef Central China imported beef supply situation… Read more »