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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…Read More

Zoetis makes target $500,000 to support mental health in rural communities

Animal Health company Zoetis has again hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia. Through its close partnership with Beyond Blue, the grand total raised since the joint campaign started in 2016 has now reached $500,000…Read More

October beef exports down 28pc year-on-year, in line with big slaughter challenges

The dramatic decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the 2020 year draws to a close was reflected in beef exports during October, which were down 28pc compared with the same period last year…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…Read More

Kay’s Cuts: US market remains in recovery mode

The market for grainfed cattle in the US is now out of intensive care, but it remains in recovery mode after the COVID pandemic-impacted cattle prices from mid-April through mid-July, Beef Central’s US market columnist Steve Kay reports. October normally signals the start of a a seasonal rally in wholesale beef prices in the US that extends into December. However that rally will likely be far more muted this year, as COVID restrictions will severely curtail holiday dining out, company parties, banquets and other such end of year events this year…Read More

September beef exports down 31pc year-on-year, in line with slaughter slump

The dramatic decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the 2020 year draws to a close was reflected in beef exports for September, which were down 31 percent compared with the same period last year. DAF figures released yesterday show exports to all markets last month reached just 72,619t – the lowest monthly volume seen in at least a decade, except for the December-January period when many processing plants close for holidays…Read More

Ageing livex vessels should be phased out: Balzarini

Former Wellard Limited boss Mauro Balzarini, a  naval architect by training who had design input into all of Wellard’s livestock carriers, has added his views to the discussion about the safety of livestock carriers in the wake of the Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy…Read More

Cattle Council AGM goes digital

Cattle Council of Australia’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will go ahead online, as the ongoing coronavirus response limits face to face gatherings…Read More

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…Read More

Rural land price increase cycle may have ended, says Rabo report

While prices of Australian agricultural land are at record highs in many regions, the market is entering a new phase, with little or no growth in median prices forecast over the next 18 months, according to a new industry report. The robust growth in agricultural property prices witnessed over the past five years has slowed, with 2020 signalling “the beginning of a new phase in land markets across the country,” Rabobank suggests…Read More

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