Coles says meat shortage possible after latest outbreak at abattoir

A meat supplier to supermarket giant Coles has been forced to close amid the latest COVID-19 outbreak connected with Victorian abattoirs. Coles said it had made alternative arrangements to protect its supply but has warned there was a possibility they could run out of some meat products. Twelve cases of COVID-19 are now linked to […]

JBS’ Brooklyn has declined to give a timeframe on re-opening

Victoria’s biggest meat processor JBS’ Brooklyn has declined to give a timeframe on re-opening, after shutting down when staff tested positive to coronavirus. JBS Australia has reportedly voluntarily suspended exports to China from the company’s Brooklyn beef and lamb plant after seven positive cases of COVID-19 were detected among staff in the past week. The […]

Repeat win for Woodward Foods in QLD branded lamb competition

FAMILY-OWNED Woodward Foods Australia claimed the champion lamb of show title for the second year in a row during the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show branded beef and lamb competition at the Brisbane Showgrounds this week. Woodward’s winning entry this year was its Australian Lamb branded product produced at Swan Hill in Victoria. It […]

First-cross ewes reach new heights while global outlook varied

Another national record was broken for first-cross ewes online last week while global uncertainty is continuing to impact the retail market. A line of 171 scanned-in-lamb first-cross ewes sold for $476 a head in Auctions Plus’ national sheep sale last week, beating the previous record set in May when a Deniliquin, NSW, producer sold 81 […]

Mutton drought at saleyards adds pressure to prices

Mutton numbers have dwindled at the start of the week but lamb yardings have held up reasonably well which has put pressure on prices at some selling centres. Ballarat yarded just 2361 sheep on Tuesday while numbers at Bendigo on Monday dropped to 1400. A similar trend unfolded across the border in South Australia and […]

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

Horrific footage of animals dying in extreme heat aboard ships has raised fresh questions over the future of Australia’s live export industry. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has announced a review of the sheep trade to the Middle East, while the federal Labor party has promised to ban the trade if it wins the next election. Farmers’ groups argue that the […]

Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) has introduced extra short-term financial support measures via its CoMarketing program for lamb and beef brand owners during the difficult COVID-19 trading conditions. Under the new arrangements: Participants will receive 75 percent co-contribution for investment in COVID-19 eligible activities implemented by 31 July 2020; The additional funding aims to support […]

New findings show Australian sheep face dangerous heat stress on export ships

It’s been almost three years since thousands of Australian sheep died during a voyage from Australia to the Middle East. My group’s new research provides insight into the heat stress faced by sheep exported in recent years and casts further doubt on the industry’s future. We found sheep experienced heat stress on more than half of voyages to the […]

New plea to reconsider live sheep pause

THE Kuwait government has written to Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, requesting he “reconsider” the June to September moratorium on live sheep exports due to food security issues in the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But efforts to change the government’s position look to be in vain. Kuwait Minister of Trade and Industry Khalid […]