MEAT processor JBS has stood down "hundreds" of workers - including some at the Bordertown meatworks.
The company has said workers in factories at Bordertown and in Brooklyn, Victoria, were told of the decision last week.
Company director John Berry told the ABC said the workers were being stood down, not made redundant.
"Across both the Brooklyn facility and the Bordertown facility, unfortunately we have to stand down a couple of hundred (people) for a period of time, based solely on domestic and international market conditions," Mr Berry said.
"These cycles unfortunately occur. My understanding is JBS is not the only processing business that has made this decision; there are others in the industry."
More information in the May 13 edition of the Border Chronicle.