Tag: Coronavirus

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

Pandemic threatens Indo-Pacific food security

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to spark a regional food crisis, according to a new report released by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Source: Grain Central Pandemic threatens Indo-Pacific food security

Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

Removal of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Beef Central Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

REMOVAL of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

CSIRO report finds billion dollar industries at risk from biosecurity threats

Australia needs a more innovative, coordinated and collaborative biosecurity system if it is to keep up with the threat from increasing and severe biosecurity events, like COVID-19, according to a new report released today by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. Source: Beef Central CSIRO report finds billion dollar industries at risk from biosecurity threats

AuctionsPlus sees big uptake in COVID-impacted 2020 bull-selling season

2020 and the COVID-19 event has seen very different circumstances at play, forcing studs to adapt to new rules and restrictions in order to have their on-property sales. This meant that online selling was adopted by many to combat restrictions, so that all buyers could have the opportunity to purchase regardless of their location. The… Read more »

MLA’s Annual General Meeting goes online

MLA members are being reminded to complete and submit their voting entitlement and proxy forms ahead of the industry service delivery company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting on 19 November. This year, the decision has been made to hold the AGM online, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on gatherings and travel, as… Read more »

Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

The Western Australia Department of Health has re-located 25 crew members from the MV AL Messilah livestock carrier into quarantine isolation at Fremantle today, after yesterday returning positive tests to COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

NZ shearers and wool handlers jump into trans-Tasman bubble

SEVERAL sheep wool industry workers are among the New Zealanders who have used the new NZ-New South Wales trans-Tasman COVID-19 bubble to work in Australia’s eastern states. Source: Sheep Central NZ shearers and wool handlers jump into trans-Tasman bubble

International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

Seven major beef producing and exporting countries which met online this week for annual talks have expressed deep concern at the imposition of border testing for COVID-19 that is not based on international Codex standards. Source: Beef Central International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

Disruptions to global economic activity that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted foreign direct investment, including China’s investment abroad, a recent NAB report suggests. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

CSIRO shows COVID can survive on surfaces longer than previously thought

Researchers at CSIRO have found that the COVID virus can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including stainless steel, banknotes and glass – up to ten days longer than the common influenza virus on some surfaces. Source: Beef Central CSIRO shows COVID can survive on surfaces longer than previously thought

Central Victorian health authority rolls out saliva COVID-19 testing

Workers at Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm in Lockwood will start having saliva tests for COVID-19 from next week as health authorities attempt to quash the virus from regional Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Central Victorian health authority rolls out saliva COVID-19 testing

China’s stance on COVID testing providing big disincentive for exporters

China’s increasingly onerous testing of imported chilled and frozen food products for COVID is providing a big disincentive for red meat exporters in Australia and elsewhere, a webinar audience was told this week.   Source: Beef Central China’s stance on COVID testing providing big disincentive for exporters

Victorian meat workers to undergo COVID-19 surveillance testing

A QUARTER of workers in Victoria’s larger meat processors will have to be tested for COVID-19 every week, in an initiative announced by the State Government today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat workers to undergo COVID-19 surveillance testing

VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

COMPETITION for livestock, especially lambs and sheep, is expected to increase at eastern state saleyards with the easing of workforce capacity restrictions on Victorian red meat processors. Victorian Premier Daniel… Source: Sheep Central VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

Restrictions eased for VIC meat processors

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced an easing of the 67pc peak workforce limit on red meat processing businesses to 90pc in regional areas and to 80pc in metropolitan Melbourne from today. Source: Beef Central Restrictions eased for VIC meat processors

No confirmation yet on easing for VIC meat processing restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today said he couldn’t confirm any announcements on the easing of COVID-19 workforce restrictions on meat processors this Sunday.   Source: Beef Central No confirmation yet on easing for VIC meat processing restrictions

Ag worker code opens up southern borders

A new agricultural worker code that comes into effect tomorrow will provide a single permit system for the movement of agricultural workers, contractors and farmers crossing the NSW, Victorian and SA borders. Source: Grain Central Ag worker code opens up southern borders

VIC Premier can’t confirm easing of meat processor restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel today said he couldn’t confirm any announcements would be made this Sunday on the easing of COVID-19 workforce restrictions on meat processors. Source: Sheep Central VIC Premier can’t confirm easing of meat processor restrictions

Farmers say regional Victoria can’t wait for metro Melbourne

VICTORIAN farmers have called for the State Government to empower the regions in the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing an Agriculture Workers’ Code and easing meat processor workforce restrictions. Source: Sheep Central Farmers say regional Victoria can’t wait for metro Melbourne

Research supports theory that foodstuffs and packaging may harbour COVID virus

Recent research conducted jointly by universities in Singapore and Ireland has supported the view that packaged chilled and frozen foodstuffs may potentially contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Source: Beef Central Research supports theory that foodstuffs and packaging may harbour COVID virus

Processors looking on, as COVID restrictions ease in regional VIC

Victoria’s regional meat processors are no closer to knowing if or when workforce restrictions will be further eased, as the state government yesterday announced that regional Victoria will move to step three of its coronavirus reopening plan from midnight tonight. Source: Beef Central Processors looking on, as COVID restrictions ease in regional VIC

Cattle price forecast revised down in ABARES Sept quarter outlook

After forecasting a significant uplift in cattle prices three months ago ABARES has wound back its forecast, due largely to ongoing COVID-19 impacts on global demand. Source: Beef Central Cattle price forecast revised down in ABARES Sept quarter outlook

Crop sector leads ag’s drought recovery despite COVID-19: ABARES

Agriculture’s crop-led recovery from drought remains on track but falling prices and global economic uncertainty from COVID-19 are forecast to temper earnings, according to ABARES. Source: Grain Central Crop sector leads ag’s drought recovery despite COVID-19: ABARES

Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper's influence on meatworker job cuts

Claims that JobKeeper led to hundreds of a jobs cut at an abattoir in Queensland have been challenged by the labour hire company at the centre of the criticism. Source: ABC Livestock Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper’s influence on meatworker job cuts

Fewer COVID-19 cases bodes well for regional meat processors

VICTORIA’S regional meat processors could have their workforce restrictions eased as early as next week if the regional COVID-19 rolling case average remains below critical trigger levels. Source: Sheep Central Fewer COVID-19 cases bodes well for regional meat processors

JobKeeper blamed as Australia's biggest meat processor axes 600 workers

Hundreds of jobs are set to go as JBS scales back operations at its Dinmore plant. Critics say JobKeeper has “tilted the playing field” and forced the company’s hand. Source: ABC Livestock JobKeeper blamed as Australia’s biggest meat processor axes 600 workers

Record bull sale despite COVID-19 restrictions

Renowned Santa Gertrudis stud Yulgilbar Station grosses $919,500 at its stud sale. Source: ABC Livestock Record bull sale despite COVID-19 restrictions

Lamb industry seeks clarity on meat processor roadmap

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has offered no insight into how the state’s red meat processors might progress to lower COVID-19 workforce restrictions as the spring lamb turn-off begins. Source: Sheep Central Lamb industry seeks clarity on meat processor roadmap

Nationals leader calls for roadmap to open up meat processing

VICTORIAN red meat processors in communities with no COVID-19 cases should not have their workforce levels restricted, according to Nationals leader Peter Walsh. Source: Sheep Central Nationals leader calls for roadmap to open up meat processing

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state’s red meat processors will stay under current COVID-19 workforce restrictions for “the foreseeable future”, despite conceding they are operating “probably at their lowest risk rating ever.” Source: Beef Central Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews has said the state’s red meat processors will stay under current COVID-19 workforce restrictions for “the foreseeable future” despite conceding they are operating “probably at their lowest risk rating ever”. Source: Sheep Central Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

The downs – and ups – of COVID-19 for red meat supply chains

In the six months since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic there have been a range of impacts on red meat exports and supply chains – and not all negative, a webinar was told yesterday. Source: Beef Central The downs – and ups – of COVID-19 for red meat… Read more »

VIC processor Midfield employs Smart Badges to minimise COVID-19 risk

Victorian beef and sheepmeat processor Midfield is trialling a new contact tracing technology that could revolutionise the way abattoirs minimise their COVID-19 risk during the global pandemic. Source: Beef Central VIC processor Midfield employs Smart Badges to minimise COVID-19 risk

Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

Growers have called on tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting to approve a National Agriculture Worker code to allow cross-border access for rural operators. Source: Grain Central Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

The great divide: Are smaller meat processors being unfairly advantaged by JobKeeper?

Claims continue to fly around this week about distortions in livestock competition brought on by COVID JobKeeper subsidies. So which processors are currently benefiting from Jobkeeper wages support, and which are not? Source: Beef Central The great divide: Are smaller meat processors being unfairly advantaged by JobKeeper?

Ag worker code urgently needed: NSW Farmers

NSW Farmers is calling for an urgent agreement by all Agriculture Ministers to ensure a national agricultural worker movement code can be endorsed by the National Cabinet on Friday.  Source: Beef Central Ag worker code urgently needed: NSW Farmers

JBS Australia resumes lamb and beef processing at Brooklyn

MAJOR red meat processor JBS Australia has resumed lamb and beef processing at its Brooklyn plant after closing about two weeks ago due to COVID-19 infections among staff. Source: Sheep Central JBS Australia resumes lamb and beef processing at Brooklyn

Colac lamb processor continues despite new COVID-19 case

COLAC sheep meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company, has dropped its afternoon shift, but maintained production after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Source: Sheep Central Colac lamb processor continues despite new COVID-19 case

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers.   Source: Beef Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers. Source: Grain Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website

An exemption allowing farmers and agribusiness workers to cross the Queensland-New South Wales border was confirmed on Saturday, which should end three weeks of disruption and uncertainty for agricultural enterprises and service providers with business operations in both states. Source: Beef Central Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website

Queensland eases border restrictions for ‘essential’ agriculture

The Queensland Government will open the way for farmers and rural service providers to more easily cross between Queensland and NSW, declaring agriculture an essential service under the COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: Grain Central Queensland eases border restrictions for ‘essential’ agriculture

‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

NSW has today launched a new one-stop resource which will help agriculture overcome a COVID-induced labour shortage and get unemployed Australians into critical work. Source: Grain Central ‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

Shearing contractors and growers warned on COVID-19 risks

COVID-19 transmission into and through Victoria’s meat processing sector was used to highlight virus risks to shearing and wool industry workers in a webinar yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Shearing contractors and growers warned on COVID-19 risks

Coronavirus disrupts Philippines trade rebuild, but positive signs remain

The Philippines, a once major market for Australian cattle where the two major importers operate closed-loop systems, appeared to be on track to re-emerge as a larger buyer at the start of this year. Then Covid happened. Source: Beef Central Coronavirus disrupts Philippines trade rebuild, but positive signs remain

‘One very stressed livestock owner’: Borders blocking producers from stock

Invisible lines on maps have become impenetrable barriers preventing producers with properties in different states from checking on the welfare of their livestock, as calls grow for common sense to prevail in regional areas.  Source: Beef Central ‘One very stressed livestock owner’: Borders blocking producers from stock

'Suffer and die': Vet says pets in danger if cross-border clients denied entry

From Friday, South Australia will impose tighter travel restrictions on Victorians to reduce coronavirus risk. But for some in border towns, it will mean being cut off from essential services. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Suffer and die’: Vet says pets in danger if cross-border clients denied entry

COVID consumer changes drive dramatic 6.9pc sales growth for Coles

The startling COVID-driven change in consumer behaviour during the April-June quarter was the main factor in a dramatic increase in sales and profit for Coles last financial year, annual results announced yesterday revealed. Source: Beef Central COVID consumer changes drive dramatic 6.9pc sales growth for Coles

Call for national ag permit to ease cross-border constraints

GrainGrowers has called for a national code that will enable the safe movement of agricultural workers for the forthcoming harvest in an era of COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: Grain Central Call for national ag permit to ease cross-border constraints

Permits for farmers and ag workers outside NSW-Vic border zone

Farmers and critical agricultural workers who reside outside the Border Region Zone in Victoria will now have a new pathway to enter NSW and move outside the ‘border bubble’ for work. NSW Farmers has welcomed the news but added the system needs to be extended to Qld. Source: Beef Central Permits for farmers and… Read more »

Victorian agriculture workers can now cross into NSW without quarantining

Farmers, contractors and those employed in the agriculture sector can now cross from Victoria into New South Wales without quarantining in Sydney for two weeks. Source: ABC Livestock Victorian agriculture workers can now cross into NSW without quarantining

Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints

NSW Farmers is backing calls for an agriculture permit system to address disruptions to routine farm management activities due to COVID-19 border closures. Source: Beef Central Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints

Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints on agriculture

NSW Farmers is backing calls for an agriculture permit system to address disruptions to routine farm management activities due to COVID-19 border closures. Source: Grain Central Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints on agriculture

Border closures play havoc with ag consultancy businesses

Agricultural consultancies along the borders of Australia’s eastern states are among the many businesses and individuals grappling with the challenge of operating under the strictures of the latest border closures. Source: Grain Central Border closures play havoc with ag consultancy businesses

'Supply chains will be let down': Pressure ramps up to resolve cross-border issues

The Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is urging states to resolve major issues for residents and workers in rural and regional communities caused by recent border closures. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Supply chains will be let down’: Pressure ramps up to resolve cross-border issues

COVID border crisis unfairly impacting farmers, says Sen McKenzie

State government border closures due to COVID were impacting livestock and other food production and needed to be addressed urgently, Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie said this afternoon. Source: Beef Central COVID border crisis unfairly impacting farmers, says Sen McKenzie

Meat union backs JBS on COVID Jobkeeper payment distortions

The Australian Meat Industry Employees’ Union has questioned the impact that JobKeeper is having within the meat processing industry, saying loopholes have created an uneven playing field when it comes to competition for livestock. Source: Beef Central Meat union backs JBS on COVID Jobkeeper payment distortions