covid-19 resources and updates
To assist feedlots and associated businesses to prepare for and manage the impacts of the virus, some pertinent resources from ALFA and around the industry have been collated below.
The resources are being updated constantly, so please check back regularly for updates.
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This guide has been developed to help the feedlot industry prepare for and manage the impacts of the virus. The Guide includes important prompts, checklists and protocols that will help protect the safety of your team, the continued wellbeing of your livestock and facilitate business continuity.
This guide provides practical guidance for feedlots who may experience the unfortunate event of an outbreak amongst staff or suppliers on their feedlot.
This template with guide will assist you to undertake a Risk Management Plan and Business Impact Analysis, and create Incident Response and Recovery Plans for your business.
ALFA GENERAL MESSAGES & INDUSTRY COMMUNIQUES
06 May 2020
Member General Message - QLD Seasonal Workers Framework
The Queensland Government has introduced a new framework that will enable the agriculture sector to access a seasonal workforce while still meeting COVID-19 public health obligations. Resources are linked in the email and collated in the section of this webpage below.
30 April 2020
Media Release - BeefEx 2020 postponed, but excellence recognition lives on
ALFA-issued statement on the postponement of BeefEx 2020 due to effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
08 April 2020
Member General Message - QLD border closures
Direction to Queensland government information on how the QLD border closure measures impact agricultural businesses and the steps that are needed to follow to minimise potential delays.
03 april 2020
Feedlot Industry Communique - COVID-19: Guidance for an outbreak in the feedlot workplace
Communique announcing the release of a guide with practical guidance for feedlots who may experience the unfortunate event of an outbreak amongst staff or suppliers on their property.
31 March 2020
General Message - COVID-19 Saleyard procedures
Note from the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) that outlines guidance on how saleyards are to operate taking into account social distancing requirements.
26 March 2020
Feedlot Industry Communique - COVID-19: A Guide For Feedlots
Communique announcing the release of COVID-19 Guide for Feedlots, which includes important prompts, checklists, protocols and templates designed to help you build strategies to protect the safety of your team, the continued wellbeing of your livestock and facilitate business continuity.
25 March 2020
Feedlot Industry Communique - Border Control Updates
This communique detailed that Federal and State governments had determined that the food supply chain and freight services are essential services and therefore permitted to continue to operate. It links to state-specific border control updates and provides documentation advice.
24 March 2020
South Australian Cross-Border Directive
This message links to a directive issued by the South Australian Government / SA Police and notes that members of the public who believe they are an ‘Essential Traveller’, may be asked to justify their status if they are spoken to by police at a checking point or any other place in the State.
Message from the NSW Minister for Agriculture on non-critical activities
Communique from Adam Marshall MP to clarify primary industry production and related businesses and the entire food supply chain are NOT impacted by new restrictions on "non-critical activities." These businesses can continue to operate on a ‘business as usual’ basis, though should attempt to practice appropriate social distancing measures.
23 March 2020
Feedlot Industry Communique - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
General advice and collated information for feedlots and associated enterprises on:
- Human hygiene, preventative measures and staff
- Whole of Supply Chain coordination
- ‘Essential Services’ classification
- Veterinary Services, Animal Health
- Financial Assistance
- What is ALFA doing?
16 March 2020
Member General Message - COVID-19 Preventative Measures
This ALFA General Message includes updated information announced by the Federal Government since the previous message sent to ALFA members on 4 March 2020. It also includes suggestions and practical things you can do to help manage the risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Member General Message - COVID-19 Government Stimulus Package Announcements
The Australian Government announced an economic stimulus package totalling $17.6 billion in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. This response aims to support Australian businesses in the areas of cash flow and investment. This ALFA General Message includes information announced by the Federal Government that may assist your business.
04 March 2020
Member General Message - COVID-19 Update
Initial preventative advice to ALFA members following Government announcements on the emerging COVID-19 (coronavirus) human health issue.
QLD GOVERNMENT - SEASONAL WORKERS FRAMEWORK RESOURCES
WIDER INDUSTRY RESOURCES
RED Meat advisory council (RMAC)
MEAT & LIVESTOCK AUSTRALIA (MLA)
state government updates
ANIMAL HEALTH AUSTRALIA
27 March - Impact of COVID-19 on Australian agriculture
Noting that there is currently no evidence that livestock, dogs or other domestic animals play a significant role in the transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Minister for Agriculture and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, confirmed today that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue.
AUSTRALIAN MEAT INDUSTRY COUNCIL (AMIC)