Meat & Livestock Australia's market officers won't be attending saleyards again until April 27 to protect them from coronavirus risk.
MLA has decided to close all its offices (except China) until Monday, April 27, or until otherwise advised.
This means all MLA employees will work remotely from home.
Livestock market officers will no longer attend saleyards but will work to deliver market reports remotely from their homes, MLA said.
MLA's Market Information service via its website will continue.
Market reports will still be available and will still be generated according to ISO standards but will rely on saleyard data being made available to MLA.
Where data has not been made available, MLA will report that this is the case.
Market reports will be available slightly later than usualand fat and muscle scores will not be available and for sheep and lamb there will not be an estimated carcase weight or skin value
Existing cattle and sheep indicators will cease. The indicator charts/tools/values across the MLA web pages will no longer be updated.
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