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15 May 2020
Beef giant JBS reports steep first quarter losses as foreign exchange fluctuations erode bottom line
Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA reported a steep 6 billion reais ($1.03 billion) net loss in the first quarter from foreign exchange impacts....
CME update: live cattle futures close lower amid easing beef prices
US live cattle futures ended mostly lower on 14 May as wholesale beef prices began falling from their previous high....
13 May 2020
CME update: live cattle futures inch up, following climbing beef prices
US live cattle futures closed higher on 12 May, with short-term contracts rising by the daily maximum....
12 May 2020
Alberta announces additional supports for agriculture sector
As COVID-19 continues to cause mass disruptions to Canada's agriculture industry, the Government of Alberta is introducing a series of new AgriRecovery supports to help farmers and ranchers....
CME update: live cattle futures close lower on profit-taking
US live cattle futures ended lower on 11 May, with some contract months sinking their daily 3-cent limit on profit-taking....
11 May 2020
Cargill idles beef plant in Quebec due to COVID-19
Cargill announced on Sunday that it would temporarily shut a meat-processing plant in Quebec, Canada after 64 workers tested positive for the coronavirus....
Trudeau cautions that premature reopening could send Canada “back into confinement”
Prime Minister Trudeau warns that if provinces more too quickly to reopen their economies, second wave COVID-19 infections could send the country “back into confinement this summer.”...
08 May 2020
CME update: US cattle futures rise on strong beef prices and restricting supplies
US live cattle futures surged by their daily trading limits for a second straight session on 7 May on soaring beef prices and concerns of meat shortages due to pacing plant closures due to COVID-19. ...
North American cattle market contracts sharply, leaving retailers at a loose end
As COVID-19 shutters slaughterhouses and processing plants, cattle are left on-farm, leaving retailers hungry for beef....
07 May 2020
President Trump urges Justice Department to investigate meat price disparities
President Trump said on 6 May that he had asked the Justice Department to look into allegations that the meat packing industry broke antitrust law due to price disparities in meat markets....
CME update: cattle futures rise on technical buying as processing plants reopen
US cattle futures surged on 6 May amid increased technical buying as investors said they were monitoring signs of meat packing plants reopening after COVID-19 infections among workers....
Meat plant closures restrict supplies for retailers but increase prices for consumers
The reduced meat production capacity has long-term implications for producers, retailers and consumers. ...
05 May 2020
Tyson Foods warns that coronavirus will restrict US meat supply despite Trump order
The COVID-19 crisis will continue to idle US meat plants and restrict production, Tyson Foods Inc says, signalling additional disruptions to the US food supply after President Trump ordered plants to stay open....
Costco limits beef purchases amid fears of supply shortages
Costco Wholesale Corp announces limits on the number of beef, pork and poultry products customers can buy....
CME update: cattle futures inch up as plants reopen and wholesale prices rise
US live cattle futures closed higher on 4 May as meat processing plants reopen after closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks among workers....
US politicians call for a stop of mass suffocation of animals at slaughterhouses
Members of Congress urge Secretary Perdue to stop mass suffocation and prolonged animal deaths at US slaughterhouses. ...
04 May 2020
COVID-19 cases confirmed in three Irish meat processing plants
Ireland’s agriculture minister reports six infection clusters at plants....
CME update: US cattle futures rise as wholesale meat prices strengthen
US live cattle futures closed higher on Friday after hitting a three-week high, bolstered by stable cash cattle values and climbing wholesale beef prices as labour shortages slow the speed of slaughter....
01 May 2020
COVID-19 cases surge in reopened JBS plant; causing worker death
Confirmed coronavirus cases have more than doubled at a JBS beef facility in Colorado in “a number of days,” say union officials....
CME update: cattle futures close higher despite worries of slaughter slowdown
CME live cattle futures rise, bolstered by increased wholesale beef prices and strong packer profit margins....
30 April 2020
Tyson idles operations at beef facility in Dakota City, US
Tyson foods is temporarily pausing processing at a beef facility in Dakota City, Nebraska until 4 May to complete a deep cleaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic....
Cargill plans to restart Alberta beef plant on 4 May
After closing a beef processing plant in High River, Alberta due to hundreds of coronavirus infections, Cargill says it will reopen the facility as of 4 May....
CME update: US livestock futures mostly lower, with cattle being mixed
As meat processing woes persist, US live cattle futures were mixed as traders wrestled with the implications of a presidential order for US meat packing plants to remain open....
AWI puts JBS and Smithfield in the crosshairs
As reports of coronavirus outbreaks at the US's biggest meat processors continue, new analysis of government documents by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) finds that JBS USA and Smithfield foods have sub-standard animal welfare records. ...
29 April 2020
President Trump signs executive order to keep meat processing plants open during COVID-19
On 28 April, President Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the US food supply despite concerns of coronavirus outbreaks....
28 April 2020
The UK's TB response during coronavirus
The Ulster Farmers' Union union has responded to members'queries during COVID-19. ...
27 April 2020
USDA and APHIS to help manage supplies at meat processors amid coronavirus
USDA and APHIS will establish a coordination centre to assist livestock producers affected by processing plant closures. ...
New health and safety guidance for US meatpackers
The US Labour Department has issued new guidelines for US meatpacking and meat processing plants that have experienced COVID-19 infections....
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