Weekly kill: northern grids surge 15-25c on tight supply

After a six-week phase where direct consignment grid offers have trended downwards, a number of Queensland exporters have raised their offers significantly over the past few days, in response to acute slaughter cattle supply shortage. Best offers seen from competitors this week were up anywhere from 15-25c/kg, depending on the category…Read More

Jon Condon, September 29, 2020

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…Read More

Terry Sim, September 28, 2020

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.  ..Read More

Terry Sim, September 24, 2020

Weekly kill: Rain slows numbers in some regions

Falls of 25-75mm across substantial areas of southwestern and western Queensland, western NSW and eastern parts of South Australia in the past week have been enough to disrupt slaughter cattle supply to some processors this week…Read More

Jon Condon, September 22, 2020

Throsby purchases Hilltop Meats at Young, in consolidation move

In further evidence of the extreme operating challenges across red meat processing at present, Singleton, NSW based export beef processor EC Throsby has bought the Hilltop Meats beef abattoir at Young, in the state’s southwestern slopes region. Both plants are hot-boning style operations reliant mostly on dairy cows and cull beef cows, and are direct competitors in the saleyards markets across NSW and Victoria…Read More

Jon Condon, September 17, 2020

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

Jon Condon, September 16, 2020

Weekly kill: Further softening in grids as processor losses fall to record levels

Direct consignment slaughter cattle prices have continued to deteriorate this week, as beef processors rack-up record losses in the face of listless international beef markets…Read More

Jon Condon, September 15, 2020

Resurrection of Qld’s Churchill abattoir looking likely

Southern Queensland’s Churchill abattoir near Ipswich is looking likely to be resurrected, after being mothballed since 2017. As part of the plan, the plant would move from domestic-only to an export license, and become a dual-species plant processing lamb/mutton and beef, mostly consigned Middle East…Read More

Jon Condon, September 11, 2020

Weekly kill: Grids continue to soften, in face of lacklustre export markets

More adjustments were seen in slaughter cattle grid offers this week, in the face of listless export markets and a rising currency. Some Queensland processor competitors have dropped their offers a further 10c/kg since Friday, and most of the state’s grids have now dipped a combined 20-30c/kg over the past fortnight…Read More

Jon Condon, September 8, 2020

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.”..Read More

Terry Sim, September 7, 2020

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…Read More

Terry Sim, September 3, 2020

JBS Brooklyn returns to work

Red meat processor JBS Australia has resumed lamb and beef processing at its Brooklyn plant in Victoria yesterday, after closing for an indefinite period almost three weeks ago due to COVID-19 infections among staff…Read More

Beef Central, September 1, 2020

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