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August 05, 2020 - The Guardian

AUSTRALIA: Pig and chicken cull possible as Victoria coronavirus lockdown hits abattoirs

AUSTRALIA: Pig and chicken cull possible as Victoria coronavirus lockdown hits abattoirs
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Large numbers of pigs and chickens might have to be culled in Victoria as the state’s emergency restrictions on abattoir operators begin this week.

Meat producing facilities, which have been a hotspot for coronavirus outbreaks, have been ordered by the state government to reduce their staff by a third in order to contain the threat as Victoria moves into stage-four lockdown restrictions.

With the lambing season only just beginning and cattle numbers lower than in previous years because of drought, farmers, meat producers and supermarkets played down the risk of shortages of red meat. But pig and chicken production is much more fixed and less impacted by seasonal factors, with one industry expert saying he feared a cull was on the cards.

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