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28 May 2020
JBS plant in rural Brazil ordered close amid COVID-19 outbreak
A labour court in Brazil’s Rondônia state ordered a JBS beef plant to close until all employees were tested for COVID-19....
27 May 2020
Smaller meat processors face backlogs as coronavirus continues to shutter large slaughterhouses
Small meat processors across the US and Canada report months-long bottlenecks as farmers search for abattoirs to process backlogged livestock....
CME update: cattle futures rally along with the stock market
US cattle futures rose alongside the rising stock market as the economy slowly reopens....
22 May 2020
USDA reports tightened meat inventories
US meat inventories have contracted after COVID-19 outbreaks shuttered slaughterhouses – USDA....
Marfrig and Minerva plants in Brazil remain open despite coronavirus cases
Brazilian meat producers Marfrig Global Foods and Minerva SA have recorded COVID-19 cases among workers in cattle processing plants in mid-May, but the sites are still operational....
CME update: live cattle futures rise against cash markets
CME live cattle futures firmed while feeder cattle fell slightly ahead of the 22 May USDA cattle on feed report....
21 May 2020
Spread of COVID-19 a “huge learning curve” for Irish meat processors
Senior Irish health officials express concerns over recent spike in coronavirus cases at Irish meat plants....
Germany vows to clean up abattoirs after COVID-19 outbreaks among workers
Germany has proposed banning the use of temporary subcontractors at meatpacking plants following a surge in coronavirus infections....
CME update: live cattle futures sink as slaughter rate rises
US live cattle futures dipped on 20 May due to oversupply despite reopened processing plants....
20 May 2020
CME update: live cattle futures rise as slaughtering ramps up
US live cattle futures firmed despite increased slaughter numbers....
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....
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