Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for farmers
Our priority is keeping farmers, food producers and our people healthy and safe. This page contains all the relevant information we’re aware of and we’ll update it as required.
Joint update from Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association: supply chain update
We want to provide you with a further update on livestock processing and the global supply chain issues.
Processing capacity at New Zealand’s plants is recovering as more people return to work after isolating or stayed at home to look after family members due to COVID-19.
COVID-19, extreme dry conditions and the supply chain – an update
Here's a further update on how COVID-19 is impacting the processing of livestock, the continuing extreme dry conditions in Southland and the ongoing disruption to the supply chain. The situation is also exacerbated by processing labour shortages due to immigration restrictions.
Farming under Omicron Phase 3
New Zealand has now moved into Phase 3 of the Omicron response. Learn more about what this means for farmers and key Government advice.
Farming under Omicron Phase 2
(This story is now outdated) The Government has announced a range of initiatives to keep critical supply chains such as the primary sector going through the outbreak.
Planning for COVID-19 supply chain disruptions
Build a plan and consider different scenarios. This is the advice to farmers from B+LNZ, processors and farm consultants as the sector faces the prospect of significant supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 updates – including supply chain
Find out what’s happening across the global supply chain, B+LNZ’s work with other industry groups to make a case for on-farm quarantining, the importance of planning ahead and of being vaccinated, and check out some handy resources.
Update to farmers on crossing Alert Levels 3 and 4 borders
The following email was sent to farmers in Auckland/Waikato on 29 August 2021.
Protecting our farmers from COVID-19
As the country remains in level four lockdown, farmers are being reminded of the need to follow protocols around hygiene, social distancing and the use of QR codes.
COVID-19 boosts Kiwi’s positive perceptions of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farming
The latest UMR results show COVID-19 appears to be having a positive impact on New Zealanders’ views of sheep and beef farmers.
Sector weathers the COVID-19 storm
Rabobank analyst Blake Holgate told farmers on a Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Western North Island Farming for Profit webinar that the NZ red meat industry is well-placed to weather the COVID-19 storm. While there will be challenges, the crisis presents an opportunity for the sector to reposition agriculture in the eyes of the public, government and future talent.