State locks down to ensure Christmas is merry

OPINION: COVID-19 - State locks down to ensure Christmas is merry

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COVID-19 has reared its ugly head again in SA, but agriculture still deemed essential.

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AFTER such a brilliant week of first-cross ewe sale results, high pork and beef prices, and harvest getting back under way with calmer weather, COVID-19 has reared its ugly head again in SA.

The state is back into full lockdown to try and arrest the increasing number of cases and fend off a potential second-wave, which no one wants to see after the devastating effects it had on Vic not too long ago.

While Stock Journal will be unable to attend the three livestock sales it had on the calendar this week, Premier Steven Marshall has stated that "agriculture will be able to move about to ensure the safety and welfare and processing of animals and the production of dairy and other agricultural services".

Last lockdown that implied livestock markets were able to go ahead, with restrictions.

Naracoorte went ahead with its first-cross ewe lamb sale today, albeit with very restricted attendance.

Their decision to use StockLive came in handy for those needing to stay at home, but still wishing to buy.

Also today, the Jamestown market went ahead with a COVID safe management plan in place, while agents are also still planning for the Cooranga first-cross sale to happen at Lucindale tomorrow (Friday).

But they reiterate that anyone who does not have to be at these sales should stay away.

Next Thursday, Mount Pleasant sheep and cattle market was also meant to be held, with Nutrien Fawcett's Vicki Fawcett saying they would continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary decisions about the sale closer to the date.

While these restrictions are tough, and may seem especially so for those in regional areas far away from the latest cluster, it is the advice coming from health professionals to try and minimise the spread.

The sooner we can get on top of this, the better, as we work towards the goal of open borders, in time for Christmas.

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Back to a much lighter note, if you are stuck for Christmas present ideas, Stock Journal's own cartoonist Jed Dunstan (pictured) has released his annual calendar Bale Number 2021, which features cartoons based on the Australian sheep industry.

In between shearing and farm work, Jed has been creating the humorous Bale No calendars since 2009.

The calendars are available to order online at jmdcartoons.com.au

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