Resurging Covid-19 across the globe is continuing to take the shine off previously high dairy prices.
These also meet the guidelines laid down by the Government in respect of the safety of workers at meat processing plants.
Meat Industry Association chief executive Tim Ritchie told Rural News that his organisation and MPI – along with others – have been working on developing the guidelines for several days.
Ritchie says the unions have been kept in the loop and meat companies have worked collaboratively to develop these new protocols.
However, he warns farmers that processing stock will take much longer – given the need to meet the new requirements around space between workers and so on.
Ritchie says this may affect sheep chains more because of distancing requirements. He says it could delay the process by up to 30% or more in some cases.
Delays will likely vary between plants. He says the meat companies have also agreed that if there are any problems at a certain plants, others will take up the slack.
Ritchie says staff at meat plants have also been briefed about how to deal with the situation and given advice on how to stay safe during the present crisis.