Category Archives: Bourke

NSW abattoir list A – Z.

This list is only of those facilities currently on this blog.

For sites in other parts of Australia, go to Australian Abattoir Locations


Aberdeen abattoir. Closed. Last owned by AMH

Bega. Current operation unknown

Blayney abattoir. Closed Last owned by ANZCO

Bourke (Proposed) Goat


Casino abattoir. Currently operating

Collarenbri. Proposed goat abattoir

Coonabarabran abattoir. Closed

Coonamble abattoir


Cowra abattoir. Currently operating


Deniliquin abattoir. Current operation unknown

Dubbo abattoir. Currently operational. The largest sheepmeat processing facility in Australia.

Duringula abattoir

Forbes abattoir (NSW)

Goulburn abattoir




Guyra abattoir

Harden abattoir. Closed in 2006.

Inverell. Better known as Bindaree Beef. Currently in operation.


Oberon abattoir


Aberdeen abattoir

Now closed, located in north east NSW, was last owned by AMH.
Historically a very old facility – originally began in 1891. Most recently upgraded in 1996, closed 1999,


Opened in 2004 as a small species abattoir processing rabbits and poultry, located south of Canberra in NSW. Had operating cost issues in 2013, closure threatened.

Blayney abattoir

Located in southeast NSW. Began operations as a freezing works in 1900, became insolvent in 1996, then purchased by ANZCO, with debts still owing to unsecured creditors of $6M. Closed in 1998. AMIEU citing economic reasons rather than stock shortages as the main cause of closure.

Bourke (Proposed) Goat

2008 local council proposed establishment of a goat abattoir to process 1,500 goats a day.

Camperdown abattoir

Located only 8km Sydney, closed 1991 following violent industrial disputes.

Casino abattoir

Currently operating in 2014. The only Australian farmer co-operative abattoir of its kind. Specialised Wagyu plant that has two operating floors for different size slaughter animals.

Collarenebri (Proposed) Goat

Formally a failed emu and ostrich abattoir a proposal was put forward in 2008 to develop the site to process 750 goats a day for 8 months of the year.

Coonabarbran abattoir

Located 600km north west of Sydney. Was the only abattoir in the region that did service kill of 3 species, cattle, lamb and pigs. Had environmental pollution problems in 2008 which attracted legal action and fines. Closed in 2012 citing costs of fines from 2008 issues.

Coonamble abattoir

Closed in 2001 due to government GST and regulation costs, is currently being upgraded for reopening in 2014

Cootamundra abattoir

Cowra abattoir

Located 250km west of Sydney the abattoir has been through closures but is currently operating.
Commenced operations in 1970, pay disputes in 2006, administrator appointed in same year. While insolvent owner conducted illegal activity by transfer of deed to another company and allocating 1st mortgage status to it and not the bank, with employee entitlements last and unable to be paid. Administrators sold facility in 2007, it underwent significant upgrades in 2012 with CCTV installed.

Culcairn abattoir

Deniliquin abattoir

Deniliquin had a freezing works in the late 1800’s. The current abattoir was built at a different site and was operating prior to 1990. It opened and closed a number of times. Recently being sold the facility has undergone upgrades with intentions of being opened in 2013

Dubbo abattoir

Largest sheep meat processor in Australia currently in operation. A new plant built in 1988 which was the first to have a processing chain that was a hot boning system for mutton. When developed the employment was shift based and not tally as other abattoirs at the time. Did have a wool processing facility that is now closed. Production has been affected by supply of animals, high Australian dollar, sheep prices and reduction of the Australian sheep herd. It proposed in 2010 to merge 2 shifts for one as a 10 hour work day, unions resisted.


Located mid north east NSW, currently closed. Local government considering injecting funds for refurbishment of the facility.

Forbes abattoir

Located southwest NSW, built in the 1950’s, owned and operated by Japanese 1988 to 2003. Plant required significant capital upgrades which the owners were not prepared to do and it closed in 2003. Talk of reopening in 2013.

Goulburn abattoir

Located 200km southwest of Sydney and north of Canberra. Has faced major shortage of animal supply issues in the past due to drought and decreased national sheep herd. Recently increased costs of water affected operations

Grafton abattoir

Gundagai abattoir

Gunnedah abattoir

Guyra abattoir

Was operating prior to 1960 as a government owned facility, closed to be reopened by the council as a service kill facility. Racking up substantial debts of $6M these were waived at sale in 1985 to be reopened then closed again in 1993. AMH purchased around this time and entered into a partnership with DR Johnston to operate. Involved in significant industrial disputes the plant was regarded as marginal it was closed permanently in 1996. Currently being considered for development of the site as a rabbit farm

Harden abattoir

Built in the 1970’s by council, Southern meats purchased and ran Harden with a US consortium. US sheepmeat import tariffs caused short operational closures but lack of supply of animals due to extended drought caused final closure in 2006.

Inverell abattoir

Located in northern NSW, a privately owned abattoir more commonly known as Bindaree Beef. Recently received $23M government grant for a biogas project. Negotiations in 2014 with union regarding EBA have stalled, workers have had a number of stop works in recent months over pay disagreements.

Lismore abattoir

Oberon abattoir

Located 200km east of Sydney, Privately owned facility that was shut for a period due to a business deal. Re-opened in 2014 targeting Asian market preferences in Sydney.

Bourke.2. NSW. Currently being built

Bourke is located in far north NSW. It is a new export abattoir being constructed with a view to being commissioned in 2018. It will be a goat and sheep processing facility mainly focused on goats. It has created some controversy because opponents of the facility believe there are not enough sustainable wild stock goat numbers to support the new and already existing goat processing facilities.

Other Names

Current Operation

  • 2015 Proposal1
  • 2017. Facility is  under construction with a view to begin operations in 2018


  • Bourke is located in North west NSW, regarded as outback NSW. 800km North west of Sydney

 Hema Maps – Australia Truckies atlas.


  • Capra Pty Ltd8.


  • Darling River meats17.



  • Februrary. Bourke shire council conduct a study to consider a small goat abattoir being established in the area, research conducted by the Barwon Darling Alliance1
    • Proposed meatworks could open in 20091
    • Killing up to 1,500 goats a day sourced from the local area1
    • Employ 60-70 people1
    • Cost $12M – $14M1
  • Local ability to raise the money “is probably a little bit stunted” Shire Officer Phil Johnson1
    • Need investment from outside of Bourke1
  • Overseas interest in goat meat increasing, though seasonal1.


Source.         Goatmeat-Fast-Facts-2014_EMAIL

Source.  Goatmeat-Fast-Facts-2014_EMAIL


  • January. Goat is worth $3.70 (12.1 to 16kg carcass weight)14.
  • There are approximately 6 million wild goats in Australia2.
    • Generally regarded as a pest, increasingly becoming regarded as a good alternative income2.
  • Australian exports of goat meat have doubled to 35,800t in 2014 since 20042.
    • Most is sold to the USA for Hispanic population2.
  • Live exports of goat have jumped from 50,500 head to 88,500 from 2004 to 20142.
  • Wild goats are purchased for $1.70/kg live weight2.
  • Live export goat price is $4.20/kg live weight2.
    • Average goat sells for $55 per head2.
  • October. Bourke Shire backs a proposal to build the abattoir2.
    • Expected to cost $61M
      • Aims to process 6,000 goats a day8
      • Employ 200 people 8
      • Abattoir should be up and running by mid 20178.
      • Developer Capra Pty Ltd8.
        • Capra is made up of partners with experience in both export and market processing operations and supply13
  • Another proposal to build a facility at Blayney NSW
    • Developer – Metziya8.
      • Would process 4,500 animals per day8.
    • but it had received public opposition.
  • Bourke goat abattoir is expected to cost $60M to build5.
    • Create 200 jobs5
    • World’s largest goat processing abattoir5
  • Currently 90% of the states (NSW) goats are transported interstate to be sold5.
    • 95% of those transported are killed and processed in QLD, Victoria and South Australia5
    • Boom in goat numbers and lack of processing facilities have enabled a solid economic case for the development5

Source mla_goat-fast-facts-2015


Source mla_goat-fast-facts-2015

  • Rangelands goats are currently the star performers of Australian red meat sector in 20156.
    • Farm-gate prices for goats have almost doubled in past 12 months to over $5 per kg6.
    • There has been a fundamental increase in demand relative to supply6.
      • In the past Australia has largely relied on one market the USA to take its product6.
      • Had been no other high volume markets to force price upwards pressures6.
    • Now there are new and emerging markets6.
      • Competing against the USA for goat meat product6.
      • Increasing markets to Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, and China6.
    • Demand is likely to grow as trade tariff barriers are reduced with recently secured Free Trade Agreements6.
  • A number of southern Sheep processing plants are now processing goats in response to positive demand outlook6.
  • Supply pressure of goats has not been as constant this year due to increased demand6.
  • Goat populations  in the past have mostly been sourced by opportunistic harvesting of wild herds6.
    • MLA estimates there are around 4M head of goats in Australia at present6.
      • Only 500,000 are in managed herds6.
    • Challenge for industry is whether it can build a supply base to fulfil and sustain new levels of demand6.
  • Prices for goats have traditionally fluctuated6.
    • To encourage sustainable development of the industry a five year strategy has been released6.
    • Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020
  • Goats have a low cost of production that has some advantages over raising other stock6.
  • December. Bourke abattoir gets Federal government funding $10M7.
    • Grant will assist the facility to overcome challenges of isolation and lack of infrastructure at the remote site7.
    • Grant was made under Federal Governments National Stronger regions fund15..
      • Program to support investment in a diverse range of infrastructure15..
      • Targeted at areas of disadvantage across the country15.
  • Abattoir developer says access to roads and a reliable water supply were 2 major issues that needed to overcome to get the project up and running7.


  • January. Goat meat is worth $5 /kg (12.1 to 16kg carcass weight)14.
  • Charleville #101. QLD. Says its future will be jeopardised if the Bourke plant goes ahead9.
    • Goat supply in QLD, NSW and Victoria is too low to accommodate a new abattoir9.
    • Charleville #101 QLD processed 70% of the goats sourced from producers across the border in 20159.
      • Charleville processed 620,000 animals last year for export9.
    • If the Bourke plant is successful in being built it would threaten processing jobs at Charleville facility9.
    • Charleville never received a similar grant from the government and feel it is an unfair advantage to the Bourke site9.
  • Currently in NSW there are seven different abattoir processing goats9.
  • Authors note. The above reference was by the speaker of the article, it may include domestic facilities that are not on this blog.(03/12/2017)

Source Australian Abattoirs Locations – Australian goat processing abattoirs as per Aus-meat as at 02/10/2017

Above diagram. Bourke is indicated by the green pointer slightly above centre of picture. Charleville is located directly above Bourke to the far north. Abattoirs are marked as red for Export or blue for Domestic accreditations. No abattoirs specialise only in goat processing. Most are combinations of beef, sheep and goat. There are facilities in WA and one in Tasmania not shown on this diagram

  • Murweh Shire council Mayor, Dennis Cook speaks and writes to Federal government explaining his shire don’t want to see ‘a big lot of government money coming in and propping them up, because our business here is a wonderfully run business…”, Charleville #101 QLD Shire council explains is a privately run business10.
    • Charleville shire don’t want to interfere in what happens in NSW but they are concerned the Bourke facility will negatively impact on the employees at Charleville10.
  • February. Site Plans are developed and submitted for approval11


  • March. NSW Planning and Environment release a media statement for community views on the Bourke abattoir11.
    • Bourke abattoir will have capacity to process 6,000 goats, sheep or lambs per day for export11.
    • Submissions close 26/04/201611.
  • Bourke Small Stock Abattoir – Environmental Impact Statement12.
    • Budgets and findings on water and environmental issues are released12.



Source Bourke small stock abattoir. Environmental Impact Statement March 2016

  • Stock Supply. Agreement has been reached with a goat depot located in Bourke to supply the facility (Pg 2)18.
    • Depot currently sends 200,000 outside of Bourke for sale or process(Pg 2)18
  • Waste products. No rending is to occur at the plant with waste products transported to approved sites for processing18.
    • These could be to;
  • Water Supply. Agreement has been reached with the Bourke council to supply 770KL up to 1ML water per day (Pg 4)18
    • 2 bores are to be constructed and monitored up to 12 months before operation begins to monitor underground water and enable ongoing monitoring of water once the plant is in operation (Pg 4)18
  • December. Development consent for the Bourke abattoir has been approved13.
    • Now in the construction certificate phase13.
      • Project spokesperson JPA Business Managing Director – James Price13.
    • Developers have been working with Dept. Planning and Environment for over 12 months to gain consent 13.
  • Slaughter level of 6,000 head per day will take some time to reach at an operational level13
    • When fully operational the facility will have the potential to almost double the value of goat exports from Australia13.
  • Bourke abattoir will be a useful outlet for producers who rely on meat exporters slaughtering in other states13.
  • Major priority  is to capture the goat meat demand in the international market13.


  • January. Goat meat is worth $6/kg (12.1 to 16kg Carcass weight)14.
  • June. Construction of the cement foundations begins14.
    • Plant is expected to be operational early 201814.
  • When in operation it is expected to boost Bourke regional economy by 30%14.
    • approximately $50M per year14.
    • already 25 people are on site involved in early construction14.
  • ‘Locals first’ employment policy14.
    • Inevitable that other workers will be sought throughout NSW & QLD14.
      • Overseas workers will be hired as well14.
        • Recent changes to 457 Visa scheme will not be a problem14.
  • Estimates of 5.8M goats in Western NSW14.
    • 50-60% of all of Australia’s feral goats located in NSW15.
    • Others dispute these figures14.
      • Local producers ‘economics’ would play a major role to determine if they sent their stock to the facility14.
    • DPI is about to start a new goat count14.
  • Plan is to start processing approximately 3,000 goats a day in the first year14.
    • fully operational, if processing 6,000 per day is equivalent to 4 full roadtrains14.
    • Plan to reach 6,000 head processing by 3 years14.
  • Part of the facility infrastructure is being fabricated overseas14.
  • Will install a state of the art automatic chain that hasn’t been seen in Australia14..
    • Enable carcase to be cut to smaller pieces14.
  • Meat will be sent through Sydney Port14.
    • Main destination North America14.
      • Other markets will be South-East Asia and the Middle East14..
      • Wished to reignite Chinese interest which can be ‘fluky’14.
  • A b-double of goats at the moment was worth $100,00014.
    • 20 years ago it was worth nothing14.
  • This week goat carcasses hit $7.50/kg, averaging $6.50/kg14.
    • January 2015, the monthly average was $3.70 (12.1 to 16kg carcass weight)14.
    • January 2016 $5/kg14.
    • January 2017 $6/kg14.
  • Goat industry was in rebuilding phase14.
    • Market potential in Europe14.
    • Goat meat was being included in new Brexit trade talks14..
  • it was a big challenge to get more western graziers to produce goats14.
  • July. Multi level stockyard was under construction15.
  • August. A new goat abattoir is proposed for the Goulburn Valley, Gillieston (Proposed) Vic.16.
    • Capacity of 3,000 head per day16.
    • Plant could be operational in about 18 months if approvals go through16.
  • November. Bourke abattoir advertise for a plant manager17.
  • Operation company is called Darling River meats17.
  • December. NSW Department of primary Industries conduct a rangeland population survey of goats19.
    • Show goat herd has declined from 5.7M in 2016 to 3.4M in 201719
    • Aerial survey was conducted of central and western NSW19
    • Lower numbers could be due to 19
      • Dry seasonal conditions19
        • Poor reproductive rates of livestock and goats19
      • Efficient goat harvesting operations in the area19


  1. ‘Study reveals goat meatworks feasible’ ABC News 14.02.2007
  2. ‘Growth in goat farming in Bourke for halal butchers and restaurants’ 08/06/2015
  3. ‘Developers say $38M Blayney goat abattoir will provide …..’ Central Western Daily 07/05/2015
  4. Proposed Small Stock Abattoir. Capra Developments Feb 2016
  5. ‘Bourke goat abattoir could be a “game-changer”, says MP’ ABC News 22/10/2015
  6. ‘What is behind the rise and rise of goat prices? Beef Central 29/10/2015
  7. ‘Bourke goat abattoir gets Federal government funding’ ABC rural 08/12/2015
  8. ‘Two new goat abattoirs planned in Bourke and Blayney’ The Land 09/07/2016
  9. ‘QLD goat processor says jobs will go if government-backed Bourke abattoir is built’ ABC news 05/01/2016
  10. ‘Cross border goat abattoir competition’ Charleville Plus More. 14/01/2016
  11. NSW Government. Major Projects. Bourke Abattoir. Accessed 02/12/2017
  12. Bourke Small Stock Abattoir. Environmental Impact Statement March 2016
  13. ‘Bourke abattoir gets OK’ The Land 07/12/2016
  14. ‘Bourke abattoir on way’ The Land 08/06/2017
  15. media release 27/07/2017
  16. ‘Abattoir in the works’ Country News 09/08/2017
  17. Plant Manager – Bourke 09/11/2017
  18. 2016-06-23 H15101 Bourke Abattoir RTS_v3-0
  19. ‘Latest goat industry data’ NSW DPI 13/12/2017
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