Processing of meat in the globe's second-largest exporter of beef is suffering a slowdown because of inclement weather, Bloomberg reports.
One of two shifts that were planned resumed at a plant at Swift Australia, the largest beef processor in the country, after floodwaters had closed it down, a company official told Bloomberg. Another plant belonging to the company might restart packing on January 18 but that will depend on whether the company can gather the cattle.
"It is going to have an impact in terms of slowing the start of our business across Queensland," director John Berry told the news service. "Infrastructure is the major challenge, whether it be road or rail."
Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef.
The national director of processing at the Australian Meat Industry Council said moving the product from the flood-stricken areas has proven to be challenging.
"You have a lot of seasonal closures in Queensland over the Christmas-New Year period for maintenance, also due to the fact that the monsoon often makes transport difficult through that period anyway," Steve Martyn said. "Most are scheduled for late January, early February opening under normal circumstances."
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