The information on this page provides egg farmers with a summary of Australian Eggs’ industry support and response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are unprecedented times that all Australians are living through and with the situation changing daily, Australian Eggs is planning for different scenarios so we can continue to provide services to the egg industry.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Australian Eggs has prepared guidelines to help egg farms maintain business continuity by minimising the risk of COVID-19 spreading between farm staff.
Critically, if one employee becomes infected with COVID-19, all close contacts will be required to self-isolate. Therefore, it is extremely important for farm businesses to minimise contact between staff and maintain accurate records of colleagues that each staff member has worked with.
There remains some inconsistency in the definition of close contacts but where a business can demonstrate effective protocols to manage coronavirus, a close contact is:
- Anyone who has been within 1.5m of the infected person for a cumulative period of at least 2 hours at any time in the 24 hours prior to symptoms developing; and/or
- An employee who has face-to-face contact for a period of at least 15 minutes at any time in the 24 hours prior to symptoms developing
Follow this link or click on the image below to download a copy of the COVID-19: Staying Vigilant guidelines for egg producers.Follow this link or click on the image below to download a copy of the original guidelines for egg producers.
Employee health and well-being
Australian Egg has also prepared guidelines to assist egg farm business owners to communicate with their employees through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak.
With the overload of COVID-19 information currently available, employees may be confused or concerned about what they hear. As an employer, it’s important to have conversations with employees that provide guidance and clarity.
Follow this link or click on the image below to download a copy of the employee health and well-being guidelines.
Posters for farms
ADVICE FROM STATE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENTS
- Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia
- Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales
- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
- Agriculture Victoria
- Tasmanian Government
Head to Health is the Government’s digital mental health gateway. It can help people find the information and services that best meet their needs.
- Safe Work Australia - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Agriculture
- Tools for seasonal workers (in nine languages)
- CBH Group - Grain stock updates
Australian Eggs Programs
Australian Eggs has implemented processes to enforce physical-distancing between staff, along with other measures to lessen risks associated with COVID-19.
During this time of uncertainty, we will remain fully engaged with our farmers, research partners and industry stakeholders. We understand this is a very challenging time for the industry, but please be assured that we will be doing everything we can in the coming months to provide support.
Research, Development & Extension
Upcoming workshops and training programs that were going to take place in person will now be moved online to webinar and video conferencing formats. However, that's dependent on there currently being industry demand for these programs.
If you are interested in participating in online training programs, please contact Nick Baker, Australian Eggs' R&D Adoption Coordinator, at [E-Mail not displayed]
In addition, the majority of research projects that are currently being undertaken are continuing as normal.
Further updates on RD&E will continue to be made available as they occur.
With the shift to consumers staying at home, egg sales have been very positive. Because of this steady demand, where possible, Australian Eggs has cancelled or postponed major advertising, and is adjusting messaging across outdoor advertising, social media and other digital channels.
Messages focus more on the nutritional benefits of eggs, particularly in light of recent updates to the Heart Foundation’s dietary guidelines, as well as the changing indoor lifestyles of consumers with COVID-19 restrictions. Consumers are being reminded of the healthy, affordable and versatile attributes of eggs to support positive sentiment and confidence in the value of eggs as part of the Aussie diet.
Additionally, greater emphasis is being placed on ensuring healthcare professionals (HCPs) such as dieticians and general practitioners, are aware of the nutritional benefits of eggs. HCPs are in a unique position to provide trusted advice to their patients on the benefits of eggs and so engaging with them on the health benefits of eggs, particularly in relation to Vitamin D, mental health and heart health is important during this time of uncertainty.
We encourage you to engage with us through our digital platforms for nutritional facts and healthy recipes you can share with your own audiences:
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