20 April 2020

Demand

Beef sales rose 28 per cent in volume in March, led by hot demand for mince and sausages.

Some veggie producers - including micro herb producer George Bobin - are having to diversify as a result of the restaurant trade shut down which has lost them their markets almost overnight. The demand for artisan cheeses has also plummeted.

 

Logistics

Australia's upcountry freight logistics systems are managing the added layers of complexity presented by COVID-19 well, with only low-level disruption. Ag's supply chain generally is also holding up well.

Distilleries turn to hand sanitisers

Queensland's iconic alcohol distillers are joining the fight against COVID-19, producing hand sanitiser (this is also happening in Kyneton, down here in Victoria)

Regional resilience

Large employers are having to turn to local labour sources in a move that the Regional Australia Institute predicts could boost longer term regional resilience.

Going online

There's been a huge move towards online livestock auctions as a result of COVID-19, with predictions the shift could continue post-pandemic - with benefits for animal welfare. Cattle shows are now also moving online.

 

OH&S

Queensland farmers are developing their own COVID-19 protocols.