Wagga Wagga abattoir is owned by Teys Australia, a Beef and offal export accredited facility located in NSW
- Teys Australia Southern Pty Ltd
- Aus-Meat Accreditation #291. Accessed 02/10/2017
- Export accredited facility processing Beef and Beef offal
- MSA Licensed Plant for Beef processing5
Source www.teysaust.com.au. 15.09.2017. Teys Cargill Logo
- Teys Australia website link – http://www.teysaust.com.au
Source. www.teysaust.com.au. 15/09/2017. Teys Contact details
- Wagga Wagga is a major regional city in NSW, Located on the Murrambidgee river, midway between Sydney and Melbourne
Location relative to other abattoirs across Australia
- Abattoirs owned by Teys in Queensland
- Abattoirs owned by Teys in NSW
- March 27. US food multinational Cargill issues a three month lockout notice to meat workers at its Wagga Wagga abattoir6
- Lockout will begin the following week 02/04/20026.
- Wage talks have been ongoing for the last five months between, workers, union and meatworks7.
- AMIEU union organiser at this point is Steve Gurney7.
- If workers endorse the latest union proposal the company has agreed to withdraw the lockout notice7.
- April 3. Workers vote to accept new pay deal9
- Cargill public affairs manager at this time is Lloyd George9
- Majority of workers voted for the agreement9
- 20 maintenance workers are yet to vote on a separate agreement9
- An official vote would take place in 2 weeks, 10/04/20029
- Wagga Wagga abattoir has approximately 475 workers at this time10.
- Cargill have kept the facility closed until the official vote preventing the workers returning to work10.
- Cargill won’t re-open until the maintenance union and maintenance workers vote on their agreement10.
- Maintenance union have refused the offer10.
- Currently 16 maintenance workers on site11.
- Australian Manufacturing Employees Union (AMWU) organiser Rob Leonard11.
- Cargill lift the lockout and continue to negotiate with the maintenance union11
- Cargill has extended leave entitlements to workers while the plant was shutdown11
- January. Odour problems occur from the facility resulting in court action in August 200417.
- Animals parts that had been cooked to remove moisture and fat had created the odour17.
- March. NSW Government approve a plan to double the facilities production, $30M13.
- Progress is in the hands of Cargills American parent company13.
- May. Cattle market was tight and running hours at the facility may be required to be reduced further during winter13.
- Facility will only operate for 3 days next week (First week in June)13.
- July. Workers have been asked to take annual leave for a fortnight while the facility closes due to drought-induced downturn in stock numbers12.
- 450 workers are employed at the facility12
- General manager at Wagga Wagga abattoir at this point is Dick Kelley12
- Impact of drought and rising Australian dollar had hit the beef processing industry hard12.
- Wagga Wagga’s main export destination was North America and Asia12.
- Australian dollar has appreciated more than 30% against the American dollar in the past 18 months, largely due to Australia’s higher interest rates14.
- Australian dollar is currently $US66c14.
- Exporters need rates to ease incase it prices them out of key overseas markets14.
- November. Expansion is given the go ahead from Cargill Beef16.
- $30M upgrade will boost output from 850 head cattle a day to 1,200 head16.
- Mean 125 new jobs, taking employment level to 62516.
- Upgrades are expected to start in January 200416.
- completion by March 200516.
- Director of Communications for Cargill Beef at this point is Mark Klein16.
- July.Expansion plans have not started yet18.
- Development application had been approved for some time18.
- Construction plans were yet to be submitted18.
- August. Wagga Wagga abattoir is ordered to pay $72,000 for emitting offensive odours17.
- Incidents had occurred in January 200317.
- Odours were smelt over 2km from the facility17.
- Order was to spend $32,000 planting 4,500 trees along or near the Olympic Highway17.
- and pay $40,000 in court costs17
- Abattoir has upgraded facilities to ensure the odour problems don’t happen again17.
- Installed a bio-filtration system and the roof has been replaced at the rendering plant17.
- January. Cargill general Manager Bill Buckner at official opening of the $36M expansion19.
- Cattle are sourced for the abattoir from the company’s feedlot at Jindalee and a radius of approximately 200km189
- Wagga Wagga abattoir has a failure at their sewer treatment system creating offensive odour problems to neighbours20
- August. Cargill Beef will introduce a $13M wastewater treatment system20
- Pollution improvement works will result in a 20% cut to the abattoirs daily kill20
- Cargill had approval to kill to 2,000 head per day, this has been reduced to 1,600 head cattle per day20
- Had been killing 1,250 head per day20
- 104 conditions were put in place by the Department of planning20.
- Cargill Environment manager Charles Hollingsworth21
- Pollution reduction program will reduce carbon emissions21
- generate over 1 megawatt of renewable energy from captured biogas21
- improve water quality21
- Teys purchase a feedlot and cropping property in north central Victoria from Elders in Charlton11.
- Feedlot has capacity of 20,000 head1
- Cost $10M and is Victoria’s largest feedlot1
- Property is 776 hectares1
- Feedlot infrastructure is 150 hectares with feed mills, flaking plants1
- All staff had accepted employment with Teys1
- Teys committed to capital upgrades over the next 3 years1
- Primarily provide custom feeding to Naracoorte and Wagga abattoirs.1
- Previous owners had custom fed 80% of capacity prior to sale2
- September. Teys Chairman at this time. Allan Teys AM4
- Teys Chief Executive officer at this time. Brad Teys4
Source. Teys website 15/09/2017 Current leadership team
Sources Wagga Wagga. #291. Teys Australia Southern Pty Ltd
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- ‘Charlton workers keep jobs’ The Weekly Times 30.07.2014
- Aus-meat Accreditation listing. 30.03.2015
- MSA Licensed Plants 06.06.2014. MLA
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- ‘Meatworkers locked out’ Daily Telegraph 04.03.2002 via ebscohost
- ‘Meatworkers back on the job’ Daily Telegraph 04.04.20020 via ebscohost
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- ‘Teys in talks with labour recruitment………’ ABC Rural News 24.06.2015
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- ‘Teys Australia to shed jobs, reduce output…….’ ABC Rural News 16.02.2016
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- MLA Industry Projections 2016
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- ‘Beef plants laying idle as cattle squeeze reaches critical point’ Beef Central. 16.08.2016
- ‘Teys Wagga granted EU accreditation’ www.farmonline.com.au
- ‘Teys Wagga Wagga plant picks up EU accreditation’ Beef Central 08.12.2016
- ‘Wagga sale 19/12/2016: Rates rise in final sale of 2016’ Beef Central 19.12.2016
- ‘Teys cuts back operations at Wagga, as cattle supply dwindles’ Beef Central. 15.02.2016
- ‘Cattle shortages forces processor cut backs’ www.farmonline.com.au 16.02.2016
- ‘Teys cops flack from ALEC over explanation behind cutbacks at Lakes Creek plant’ Beef Central 09.02.2016
- ‘Weekly kill: Weather again plays havoc with processing operations’ Beef Central 20.09.2016
- ‘Teys animal health feedback project aims to lift industry performance’ Beef Central 11.10.2016
- ‘Teys to launch its own pasturefed standard, as alternative to PCAS’ Beef Central 27.04.2017
- ‘$18.5M investment as Teys Wagga plant gears-up for EU trade’ Beef Central. 14.06.2017
- EU Accredited facilities in Australia. 11.10.2016
- ‘Weekly Kill: Normal service set to resume, after six-week hibernation’ Beef Central 03.05.2017
- ‘Teys launches feedback data project for feeder cattle’ Beef Central. 21.06.2017%
- ‘Judge dismisses bid by Teys Australia to stop Wagga Wagga developments’ ABC News 20.01.2015