The Cattle Council of Australia says red meat production in Australia is business as usual as shoppers rush to stock up on staple foods including beef.

CCA President Tony Hegarty said the nation’s cattle producers were committed to keeping supply lines open as the government works to manage the onset of the coronavirus.

“Beef producers take their responsibility to help feed the nation seriously,” Mr Hegarty said.

“Our supply chains and marketplace are open for business.

“We have the capacity to supply high-quality and nutritious red meat to all our customers both at home and overseas.

“Australia produces around 2.3 million tonnes of beef and veal per year and 27% of it is sold at home.

“There are about as many cattle in Australia as people, so we won’t run out of beef anytime soon.

“The health and safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority.

“We have world-class biosecurity standards and practices to make sure consumers can depend on Australian beef.

“Producers are doing everything they can to help prevent any further transmission of the coronavirus.

“Cattle Council and other parts of the supply chain are committed to working together through the Red Meat 2030 partnership in the COVID-19 response.”