JBS says cyber attack recovery now almost complete

OPERATIONS are rapidly returning to normal for JBS meat processing plants on either side of the Pacific, following last weekend’s cyber attack and ransom demand that has paralysed the company’s US and Australian businesses. The company’s swift response, robust IT systems and encrypted backup servers had allowed for a rapid recovery, the company said overnight. JBS’s US […]

Australia’s sheep flock is showing signs of recovery

AUSTRALIA’S sheep flock is expected to rebound to more than 68 million this year as more ewes and ewe lambs are retained for breeding, encouraged by stronger meat and wool prices. Meat and Livestock Australia today said Australia’s sheep flock continues to undergo a significant rebuilding phase and is predicted to grow by 6.3 percent […]

Hey True Blue

Did you know that all fresh and frozen raw chicken meat available in Australia is in fact ‘born, bred and raised’ in Australia? Some consumers mistakenly think that the chicken they place on their table may come from overseas. It doesn’t! Our chickens have been grown on Australian farms, and processed in Australian processing plants, […]

Does A Lack of Knowledge Underpin Myths Around Antibiotic Use in the Chicken Industry?

The health and welfare of chickens is paramount to Australian meat chicken farmers and producers, which means sometimes antibiotics are required to manage bacterial infections in chickens that were not able to be prevented or controlled by other means. Consciously allowing chickens to suffer or even die from treatable bacterial infections is not something we […]

Beef, lamb and mutton exports fall in Q1

Beef Beef exports totalled 83,400 tonnes shipped weight (swt) in March, showing some resurgence from levels seen in January and February, but still down 11% on March last year. Cattle prices continue to be buoyed as feedlot operators and processing plants struggle to source inventory, a result of the significantly depreciated herd following many years […]


So many competitions have gone by the wayside in 2020, and those for butchers are no exception with Meatstock Butcher Wars, World Butchers Challenge and many more cancelled or deferred. In an effort to keep connected and hone competition skills, butcher and TAFE teacher, Shannon Walker launched a lamb challenge via the online page, Butchers […]

Australian Beef’s annual sustainability update to be released at Beef Australia 2021

The Australian Beef industry’s annual sustainability update will be launched at Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton at a special Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) seminar. The seminar will focus on the importance of sustainability along the beef value chain, and how the ABSF is supporting the industry’s goal of doubling its value by 2030. Speakers […]

ASF continues to wreak havoc across Asia

In 2021, ASF remains the single most significant factor affecting the meat sector in China across production, imports and consumption, two and a half years after it first entered China in mid-2018. China has made significant investments in ASF vaccine development, but none have yet reached the stage of commercial development and numerous trial vaccines […]


Shocks and disruption to any system quickly highlight the elements that are working, and all too clearly, the weaknesses. Any system, is only as strong as its weakest point. The meat industry is a system with a complexity of elements that takes the livestock from the farm through to the consumer. It involves processing, transport, […]