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Millions of pigs and chickens to be culled as Victorian abattoirs face lockdown restrictions

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Millions of chickens and pigs face will have to be culled in Victoria as early as next week because abattoir operators are being ordered to cut back their operations.

Premier Daniel Andrews had ordered a 33 per cent reduction in processing at meat plants to thin out staff numbers and allow for greater hygiene and social distancing practices, as abattoirs had been the source of several COVID-19 clusters.

But meat industry analysts say the move will result in huge numbers of animals being killed and disposed of, because they will not be processed under the new restrictions, they cannot be kept and they are unable to be trucked interstate due to border closures.

Millions of chickens and pigs could be culled in Victoria as early as next week, with abattoir operators ordered to reduce their staff numbers by one third

Millions of chickens and pigs could be culled in Victoria as early as next week, with abattoir operators ordered to reduce their staff numbers by one third

Millions of chickens and pigs could be culled in Victoria as early as next week, with abattoir operators ordered to reduce their staff numbers by one third

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the 33 per cent reduction was necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus in meat processing plants

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the 33 per cent reduction was necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus in meat processing plants

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the 33 per cent reduction was necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus in meat processing plants

The reason chicken and pigs are much more of a concern than lamb and cattle is because the animals have a far shorter window for slaughter.

‘Sheep and cattle can stay in the paddock for a week or a month longer without too much trouble,’ Robert Herrmann, the managing director of Mercardo told Daily Mail Australia.

‘There is not much flexibility for a producer when the pig or chicken is ready to be slaughtered.

‘For example, If you have 1000 piglets being born, it means at the other end that 1000 piglets have to be sold because otherwise there is no room.’

The reason chicken and pigs are much more of a concern than lamb and cattle is because the animals have a far shorter window for slaughter

The reason chicken and pigs are much more of a concern than lamb and cattle is because the animals have a far shorter window for slaughter

The reason chicken and pigs are much more of a concern than lamb and cattle is because the animals have a far shorter window for slaughter

Fears have been heightened in Victoria after factory farms in the US were forced to cull large numbers of their pigs and chicken when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The state has already felt the impact of the disruption.

Last week, excess livestock were taken to other farms and processing plants in South Australia.

But after stage four and stage three restrictions kick in from midnight Wednesday, it will no longer be possible to transport meat across the border. 

The forced reduction in staff numbers will have a major impact on everything from supply chains, saleyards, farmers, wholesalers, supermarkets and independent butchers.

A truck driver arriving at Cedar Meats has his temperature taken on May 19 in Melbourne, after a coronavirus outbreak impacted the facility

A truck driver arriving at Cedar Meats has his temperature taken on May 19 in Melbourne, after a coronavirus outbreak impacted the facility

A truck driver arriving at Cedar Meats has his temperature taken on May 19 in Melbourne, after a coronavirus outbreak impacted the facility

But Patrick Hutchinson, the CEO of the Australian Meat Industry Council, told the ABC there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding how the 33 per cent reduction would be calculated.

‘In regards to what’s been said to us, it’s still a bit confusing,’ he said.

‘At the moment we’re operating that we are to reduce our staff capacity in these facilities to 66% of the peak this year.

‘If we do that, then what we see on average across the board is over a six-week period, by trend, we would see … a close out of 25 percent of production. That will be a pretty significant thing.’

While it’s unclear just how many chicken and pigs may be culled, Mr Herrmann said the number is likely to be in the millions.

Victorians eat around three million chickens per week. 

Cedar Meats Australia abattoir in Melbourne was linked to a cluster of 34 COVID-19 cases in May

Cedar Meats Australia abattoir in Melbourne was linked to a cluster of 34 COVID-19 cases in May

Cedar Meats Australia abattoir in Melbourne was linked to a cluster of 34 COVID-19 cases in May

‘It’s difficult to lump in all these different processors together. They all operate in different seasons… and animals have different life cycles. Some can wait and some can’t,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday at his daily COVID-19 media conference.

‘That is why these changes don’t come into effect at midnight tonight they will come in later in the week.

‘We are still in very active discussion with abattoirs and processing plants both large and small.’

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Jenna Bush Hager opens up about her ‘sisterhood’ with Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls

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Jenna Bush Hager has opened up about the ‘sisterhood’ she has with other former first daughters and how her father really felt about her getting caught sticking her tongue out at reporters during his reelection campaign. 

The 38-year-old Today host appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday night, and during the after show, host Andy Cohen asked her if has a relationship with Chelsea Clinton, 40, as well as Malia, 22, and Sasha Obama, 19.  

‘We really do, in some ways. We reach out to each other,’ she said. ‘Chelsea and I see each other around — well, we used to. Now, I don’t see anybody. But we used to see each other around New York City. And I reach out to the Obama girls and vice versa. But we do.’

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Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the 'sisterhood' between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday

Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the 'sisterhood' between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday

Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the ‘sisterhood’ between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday 

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008 

‘There is a sisterhood because it’s so few of us that we know what it’s like and the beauty of it and living history and also some of the difficulties,’ she added. 

When asked if she knew Amy Carter, she admitted she hasn’t had much contact with the former first daughter.  

‘I met Amy Carter once. I did a show on Christmas at the White House and I got to meet her,’ she explained. ‘But, no, I don’t know her that well. I really don’t. I should reach out.’ 

Jenna’s family called the White House home from 2001 to 2009, though she and her twin sister Barbara were away at college or living elsewhere throughout most of their father George W. Bush’s presidency. 

The Bush twins also spent plenty of time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when their grandfather George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993.

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic 

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Jenna and Barbara warmly welcomed Sasha and Malia to the White House with a letter after their father Barack Obama was named president in November 2008. They gave them a second letter eight years later, right before their dad left office. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, Barbara, and Chelsea with helping her daughters during their time in the White House. 

‘I love those girls,’ she said on Good Morning America in 2018. ‘I will love them forever for what kind of support they provided to my daughters throughout that.’

Chelsea also used to be good friends with Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka before he became president, but they had a falling out during the 2016 election.  

Considering that the current president has slammed both the late George H.W and George W. Bush during his first term, it seems unlikely that Jenna and Barbara will share a close bond with his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany as they do with Chelsea, Malia, and Sasha. 

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Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father's 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father's 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father’s 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Cool dad: While Jenna can't remember the public's reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn't at all bothered by it and 'thought it was funny'

Cool dad: While Jenna can't remember the public's reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn't at all bothered by it and 'thought it was funny'

Cool dad: While Jenna can’t remember the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn’t at all bothered by it and ‘thought it was funny’

During her after-show appearance, Jenna was also asked about how her father reacted when she famously got caught sticking her tongue out at reporters during his 2004 campaign. 

‘I was with my dad and my sister, and I was like, “People don’t even know what’s going on in here, like watch this,”‘ she recalled ‘And Barbara and I constantly harassed [my father] and tried to make him laugh, and then I was down in the hotel gym doing the elliptical and I looked up on the TV and there was like my little face with a spotlight on it, and it was on the local news.

‘I was like, “Oh no, I better get back up to the hotel room and tell Dad that this thing went out.”‘

While Jenna can’t remember the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said her father wasn’t at all bothered by it. 

‘My dad was just like, “Jen, this is so typical,”‘ she said. ‘He thought it was funny. I think he really wanted Barbara and I to have normal childhoods, and we did until he became president.’ 

Family: 'His reactions were always filled with grace and love,' she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents

Family: 'His reactions were always filled with grace and love,' she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents

Family: ‘His reactions were always filled with grace and love,’ she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents 

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week 

‘There’s no guidebook, but his whole thing was like, “Y’all can be normal college kids. You go be you,” and then he realized pretty soon after that that we really couldn’t be normal college kids,’ she added.  

The Bush twins were both famously caught drinking underage when they were away at college. While she was a student at the University of Texas, Jenna was cited for possession of alcohol as a minor and using a fake ID to purchase alcohol within a five-week span in 2001. 

That same year, Barbara was also charged with possession of alcohol as a minor while attending Yale University. Despite the public scrutiny during his presidency, Jenna said her father never judged them. 

‘His reactions were always filled with grace and love. He wasn’t the type to shame us for acting silly,’ she explained. 

A few days after her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss, making the New York Times Best Seller list. 

Jenna, who shares a son Hal, one, and daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, with her husband Henry Hager, explained on the Today show Thursday that her eldest children had a hilarious reaction to her book taking the number three spot on the list. 

‘Mila and Poppy were like, “You’re not number one?”‘ the mom said with a laugh. 

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Sydney partygoer tells two NSW Police officers they are the ‘worst strippers ever’

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A woman who asked two handsome male police officers to take off their clothes when they turned up to shutdown her party told the shocked officers they were the ‘worst strippers ever’ when they refused.

Jess Griff recorded herself and the two NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint 

‘Cops rocked up to my house for a siblings 18th cause of a noise complaint, they said “party on guys”,’ she captioned the video.   

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

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Ms Griff appeared to be in high spirits when the officers showed up at her front door and complimented on their good looks

Ms Griff appeared to be in high spirits and complimented the officers on their good looks when they showed up at her front door. 

‘Hot boys, yeah the absolute boys came to the party,’ she said laughing into the camera. 

Ms Griff then tells them, ‘You guys are the worst strippers I’ve ever paid for aye’, as they chuckle at her. 

Ms Griff continues to record the herself telling one of the officers to ‘get your gear off’ while his colleague laughs in the background.

She then moves her hand towards their gun in the holster asking them ‘what they’re going to do’ if she were to touch it. 

‘Yeah the boys get with it,’ she once again says as she places her arm around the other officer as he announces their departure. 

In a second clip, the pair tell the group to ‘keep the noise down or we’ll have to come back’. 

One of the officers was laughing at Ms Griff's behaviour and comments

One of the officers was laughing at Ms Griff's behaviour and comments

Ms Griff was telling the officers to 'get their gear off'

Ms Griff was telling the officers to 'get their gear off'

Ms Griff’s video has been watched more than 654,000 times on the popular social media app and received close to 100,000 likes

Ms Griff’s video has been watched more than 654,000 times on the popular social media app and received close to 100,000 likes.

Viewers commended the officers for their easygoing nature claiming they’ve never seen anything as Australian as the clip. 

‘They’re such good sports,’ one person wrote. 

‘Aussie cops are literally the best in every way,’ another commented. 

‘Only in Australia,’ another wrote.

However, others slammed Ms Griff for her comments towards the officers asking what would have happened if the roles were reversed. 

‘Imagine if a male did this to a female officer. Your reactions would be different,’ one commented.

‘Now imagine the uproar if the roles were reversed,’ another wrote. 

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Mum gives schooner filled with beer to baby daughter

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A mother has been slammed for sharing a photograph of her offering her baby daughter beer. 

The image shows the young girl with a schooner filled with beer held in front of her and froth around her lips.

‘She loves having taste of mummy’s beer #drinkup,’ the photo caption read with a laughing face emoji. 

A mother has been slammed for offering sharing a photo offering her baby daughter beer (pictured)

A mother has been slammed for offering sharing a photo offering her baby daughter beer (pictured)

A mother has been slammed for offering sharing a photo offering her baby daughter beer (pictured)

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Social media users slammed the mother for her recklessness after allowing her baby to drink beer

Social media users slammed the mother for her recklessness after allowing her baby to drink beer

Social media users slammed the mother for her recklessness after allowing her baby to drink beer 

Facebook users lashed out at the mother and called her out for her recklessness . 

‘She needs her baby taken off her,’ one person wrote.

‘Alcohol isn’t good for adults let alone children. Some people shouldn’t be parents and she’s one of them. I hope someone has called child protection services’

‘Inappropriate! If anyone thinks this is ok, you have an alcohol problem and are incapable of seeing what you are modelling to your children,’ another commented. 

‘It is harmful to give a child especially in this case a baby, alcohol.’

Others however, laughed at the image saying they too were given small amounts of alcohol growing up and turned out fine.  

‘Oh my god! We always took sips of our families alcohol when we were kids. We never died,’ someone commented. 

‘Pretty sure most of us over the age of 30 have a pic of us as kids with our parents pretending to give us a beer,’ another comment read.

‘Calm down guys. It’s a sip, not the whole schooner.

‘I thank my grandad everyday for giving me a sip of his VB as a kid, learned from an early age never to drink VB,’ one joked.     

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Others however, laughed at the image saying they too were given small amounts of alcohol growing up and turned out fine

Others however, laughed at the image saying they too were given small amounts of alcohol growing up and turned out fine

Others however, laughed at the image saying they too were given small amounts of alcohol growing up and turned out fine 

The mother defended her actions revealing that her own mother had given her alcohol as a child.

‘Listen everyone giving me hate, she’s having some mouthfuls of beer, she’s not shooting F***ing heroin ahahah,’ she wrote.

‘Clearly you’ve all never experienced being a mum cause if you did you would know that this isn’t harmful to a baby. 

‘My mum used to let me drink a little when I was young and would put whisky on my gums when I had sore teeth.

‘I’d never put my baby in danger so all of you go to hell.’

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