Coonabarabran abattoir is located between Coonabarabran and Binnaway. It has a varied past processing many types of stock. A domestic processor it was purchased by a Chinese group in late 2014 to close permanently in 2016.
- Binnaway abattoir
- Deringula abattoir
- Coonabarabran is located 180km West of Tamworth. Or about 600km NW of Sydney.
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- Chillana Pty Ltd – Trading as Bunganbah Meats1
- Owner of actual plant – Warren Sciffleet2
- Only three species abattoir in region2,
- Located west of great dividing range to provide service kill for local butchers2
- Processed cattle, lamb and Pigs2
Figure 1. Area shaded is area that had been serviced by the Coonabarabran abattoir at time of closure 2012
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- August. Effluent pollution occured over 7 days – convicted in 2010.1
- Underground pipe in treatment works ruptured causing untreated effluent to escape under pressure and pollute Salty Creek.1
- Creek turned red and froth with animal fat on the surface1
- Cleanup included 4 truck loads of fat and contaminated material.1
- Creek was rendered toxic to aquatic life for a short period of time.1
- Pollution incident was only discovered by chance – need to implement checking mechanisms and ability to detect problems1
- December. Ordered to pay $60,000 towards environmental program after being convicted of polluting a creek with untreated effluent1
- also ordered to pay Department of Environment investigation costs $16,000 and all legal costs.1
- January. Warrumbungle shire council approve a year’s trial allowing b-double trucks to use Binnaway to Coonabarabran road3.
- Previously the 15km had been prohibited use by trucks3
- Made access to the abattoir located on this road difficult3
- previously the trucks had to travel an extra 45km to reach the abattoir3.
- Coonabarabran abattoir employed 30 people7.
- Multi-species works, processing sheep, cattle and pigs7
- In the past had also processed emus, water buffalo, deer and goats7
- November. Abattoir officially closed and administrator appointed.2
- 30 people laid off2
- Owner hoped to sell business in next few months2
- Reason for closure cited as2
- $190,000 fine from Environment protection authority – which business never recovered.2
- Owner – Mr Lang diagnosed with leukaemia and unable to work2
- Is an interested buyer in facilities2
- Local butchers who service killed at Coonabarabran would have to buy wholesale off larger abattoirs – none of who do service kill. No notice given to butchers of closure2
- Other abattoirs in region who would have to supply butchers.2
- Scone – Primo
- T&R pastoral
- closest – Eversons Wholesalers Frederickton (Kempsey)
- Government is willing to inject considerable sums of money towards refurbishment of the complex to increase work opportunities for locals.3
- October. Producers who were using the Coonabarabran abattoir for service kill had to begin to use other abattoirs such as 6Nyngan #. NSW.
- Nyngan is a further hour and a half away6
- December. Coonabarabran abattoir is contracted for sale to persons of Chinese origin7.
- Contracts of sale have been exchanged7.
- New owners already own substantial land holdings in the Warrumbungle shire area7.
Source. ‘Binnaway abatoir prepares to reopen’ QLD Country Life 20.02.2015
- February. Abattoir at this point in time is decommissioned9.
- Expected to re-open in April, If renovations are completed9
- Trading under the name Crown State Meat Company9
- Company executive Director – Jon Choi
- Opportunity for the company to vertically integrate own operation9
- having already owned 8,500 ha across Merriwa, Cassilis and Binnaway9
- Attraction that the company owns a lot of country and run a lot of cattle9
- Facility would be export accredited registered to process beef, sheep and some goats9.
- Also offering a service kill opportunity9
- Would employ 22 people9.
- May. Coonabarabran abattoir re-opens10.
- Facility will process Halal certified beef, sheep and goats10.
- Facility had undergone significant renovations10.
- Updated boiler system
- reduced energy costs and increased efficiency
- by products equipment
- livestock yard improvements
- CCTV systems to monitor livestock and ensure safe and humane treatment of animals10.
- State of the art video surveillance – Software called Cedar Creek and Sastek13.
- Plans were also in place to install a blast freezer and boning facility
- Tripe processing area renovated as well13.
- First trial kills had been conducted earlier in the month10.
- Processing will be initially operating as a domestic abattoir10.
- Intends to become a tier 1 Export accredited facility
- Crown state had been exporting beef and sheepmeat to the Middle east and SE Asia since re-opening13.
- Facility is licensed for slaughter of 30,000 tonnes of chilled and frozen meat per year13.
- Capacity of 1,000 small stock (sheep and goats) and 120 cattle per day13.
- Plant is currently exporting to over 26 countries.
- Facility has a 90ML water licence from the Castlereagh River and a bore13.
- April. Coonabarabran abattoir is mothballed12.
- Staff were told facility was closed due to lack of stock available and the facility would be undergoing maintenance12.
- Current staff at the site12.
- 20 personal on the kill floor
- 1 stunner
- 3 rendering
- 2 halal slaughtermen
- 3 office staff
- 6 load out crew
- All staff except office and load out crew were laid off12.
- Facility closure had a significant impact on the local economy12.
- Not only reduction of wage earnings
- Butchers who had meat supplied weren’t given any notice.
- Shire council had been told initial layoffs were due to upgrades the facility was undergoing to obtain an export licence12.
- May 20. Remaining 9 taff are given 2 weeks notice12..
- Coonabarabran abattoir is to be sold12.
- June. Coonabarabran (More commonly known as Binnaway) abattoir is listed for sale
- Owners – Crown State are looking to concentrate further development of beef and sheep operations of properties13
- Expressions of interest to purchase close 4th July 201613.
Source. Binnaway abattoir asset to test the market’ Beef Central 08.06.2016
- Other downstream and meat processing sites placed on sale market recently13.
- TopCut Value-adding and portioning facility on the gold Coast13.
- Yarrill Meat processors abattoir at Stanthorpe (QLD)13.
- Facility in WA13
- October. Recent interest has been shown in investors from overseas-based regions – principally Chinese14.
- Trend goes against sentiment that interest has waned recently14.
- Past 12 months profitability in processing had eroded due to high stock prices and lacklustre export demand14.
- Recent sale of another meatworks at Forbes #. NSW received considerable interest from Chinese investors14.
- Lachley Meat processing plant, looking to re-open as a beef processing facility14.
- May. Coonabarabran abattoir is advertised for sale15.
- ‘Australia – Meat works fined $60,000’ Meat trade News daily. 19.12.10
- ‘Closed Coonabarabran abattoir up for sale’ The Northern Daily leader. 13.11.12
- ‘Binnaway-Coonabarbran B-double trial gets green light’ ABC News 24/01/2012. ebscohost.
- ‘Abattoir may be sold’ Western magazine. 11.03.13
- ‘Collie goats go gourmet’ Farmonline. 24.10.2014
- ‘Probably the biggest breaking news within the industry’ Dubbo Daily News. 01/12/2014. ebscohost.
- ‘Binnaway abatoir prepares to reopen’ QLD Country Life 20.02.2015
- ‘Binnaway abattoir re-opens’ www.farmonline.com.au 28/05/2015
- ‘Binnaway abattoir faces permanent closure’ ABC Rural News 20.05.2016
- ‘Binnaway abattoir asset to test the market’ Beef Central 08.06.2016
- ‘Chinese still showing interest in processing assets’ Beef Central 04.10.2016
Export accredited facility processing beef and offal.
- Operating business name – EC Throsby Pty Ltd
- Common name used
- Aus meat Accreditation number #486. Accessed 02/10/2017
- Operator website. www.ecthrosby.com.au
- Contact for employment
- Contact. 02 6574 7777
- Description of physical location in relation to main town and state
- distance to main urban areas or export sites of that state
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Location relative to other abattoirs across Australia
Location of Australian Abattoirs
Location of Australian Abattoirs
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Location of Australian Abattoirs
- Owners names and approximate time period of operation
- Aus-meat accreditation dates. Aus-Meat List 02/10/2017
- Website link to owner of facility
- Employment link to operator of facility
- Sale enquiries
- Type of facility and accreditations for livestock types1
- Month. Facility/business Chairman at this time(taken from current website)
- Facility CEO at this time
- Leadership team at this time
- Aus-Meat Accreditation Listing 02/10/2017
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.
- 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
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- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- In NSW – Export Abattoirs slaughtering goats.
- In Qld, Export abattoirs processing goats
- In QLD Domestic abattoirs processing goats
- Biggenden #3072Q. QLD
- Yangan #101007Q. QLD
- Gleneagle #60Q. QLD
- Currently needing more stock to process9.
- To consider another plant will be in operation the stock numbers don’t support the processing capacity9.
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.
- 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
- ‘Study reveals goat meatworks feasible’ ABC News 14.02.2007
- ‘Growth in goat farming in Bourke for halal butchers and restaurants’ www.smh.com.au 08/06/2015
- ‘Developers say $38M Blayney goat abattoir will provide …..’ Central Western Daily 07/05/2015
- Proposed Small Stock Abattoir. Capra Developments Feb 2016
- ‘Bourke goat abattoir could be a “game-changer”, says MP’ ABC News 22/10/2015
- ‘What is behind the rise and rise of goat prices? Beef Central 29/10/2015
- ‘Bourke goat abattoir gets Federal government funding’ ABC rural 08/12/2015
- ‘Two new goat abattoirs planned in Bourke and Blayney’ The Land 09/07/2016
- ‘QLD goat processor says jobs will go if government-backed Bourke abattoir is built’ ABC news 05/01/2016
- ‘Cross border goat abattoir competition’ Charleville Plus More. 14/01/2016
- NSW Government. Major Projects. Bourke Abattoir. Accessed 02/12/2017
- Bourke Small Stock Abattoir. Environmental Impact Statement March 2016
- ‘Bourke abattoir gets OK’ The Land 07/12/2016
- ‘Bourke abattoir on way’ The Land 08/06/2017
- www.markcoulton.com.au. media release 27/07/2017
- ‘Abattoir in the works’ Country News 09/08/2017
- Plant Manager – Bourke 09/11/2017
- 2016-06-23 H15101 Bourke Abattoir RTS_v3-0
- ‘Latest goat industry data’ NSW DPI 13/12/2017
Cowra abattoir is located about 250km west of Sydney, it is currently operating but not export registered. It was export registered in 1997 as a pig processing facility only.
- Is currently operating at time of writing 27.12.2013.
- Cowra is located approximately 250km west of Sydney
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- David Mulligan – Up to late 20063
- Chris Cummins ( 2007)
- Discussion in town to establish abattoir
- Public meeting was held to discuss abattoir establishment. 250 people attended.
- Decision to form company
- 50% capital raised locally rest from Sydney company
- Abattoir commenced operation
- April. Workchoices legislation came into effect March 27th – Abattoir wanted to shed 29 workers, on the promise of taking back 20 under the federal award1
- 16 beef and 13 pig slaughtermen told to finish up May 51
- Managers Letter to workers1
“We deeply regret this situation: however, given the current economic conditions we must take this action to ensure the ongoing viability of the abattoir” Ray Petterson Cowra abattoir manager.1
- Abattoir wanted to amalgamate it’s pig and cow processing teams – reason gave for sackings.8
- One slaughterman quoted his wages prior were $880 per week Federal award would be $580.1
- had been prior enterprise agreements in place – it was being removed 12 months ahead of schedule.1
- 22 workers offered jobs – would be paid less than before dispute but more than initially offered by abattoir, remaining workers offered redundancies.8
- July. Federal Government workplace watchdog found – “Employers can sack workers and rehire them on lower pay and conditions in order to secure their company’s financial viability” Nicholas Wilson – Office of Workplace services director2
- Abattoir backed down and took back the workers on the same original pay3
- August Business was shut down and administrator appointed3
- 200 workers told there was no money to pay their entitlements3
- workers owed $2.8M – annual leave, long service leave4
- Collapse of sale negotiations worth $8M3
- September – Investigation into transfer of $2M moved between companies uncovered by administrator4
- David Mulligan transferred $1.7M to another of his companies PD Mulligan Holdings4
- last transaction nearly $1M transferred only weeks before closure4
- Company had entered into uncommerical transaction aware that PD Mulligan my not have been able to repay4
- Company may have also traded while insolvent4
- Creditor – National Australia bank – owed $1M4
- Liquidator – Frasers Insolvency said PD Mulligan a guarantor of the NAB loan, had discharged the abattoirs debt to NAB and now held the mortgage over the abattoir7
- Instead of NAB being 1st mortgagee, now PD Mulligan was,7
- Bank was charging 18% interest, PD Mulligan was charging 8%7
- The bank charge was enforcable but before employee entitlements7
- AMIEU advising members to vote against proposal of Frasers to take over administration of PD Mulliagan as there would be a conflict of interest – firm acting as liquidator of abattoir and administrator of priority creditor7
- December – Liquidators announced they entered into agreement for facility to be sold $2M and reopen early 20073
- Local businessmen behind purchase – Stock buyer Chris Cummins and local businessman George Kollas.
- Possibly able to offer 120 jobs if re-open in February 20075
- Plan to slaughter sheep, lambs, cattle and pigs at the plant and supply meat locally and to Sydney, Canberra, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Newcastle markets5
- Other buyers had been considered but primarily interested in selling off abattoirs assets5
- February. National Sheep health monitoring project is begun
- Provide information on diseases and conditions detected on the slaughter floor of abattoirs
- Provide sheep producers with feedback
- Provide information on conditions such as grass seeds, pleurisy, arthritis and sheep measles
- Conditions requiring trimming at the abattoir include sarcocystis, rib fractures, cheesy gland and vaccine lesions
Sources Cowra. #3173
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- ‘Watchdog clears Cowra abattoir over sackings’ The Age 08.07.2006
- ‘Cowra abattoir set to re-open’ www.news.com.
- ‘Cowra abattoir owner faces investigation’ ABC Online 11.09.2006
- ‘Locals to save Cowra abattoir’ The Land 28.12.2006
- ‘inside the kill room at the Cowra meat works’ www.abc.net.au. 11.06.2012.
- ‘Abattoir boss in dash for cash’ The Telegraph 04.10.2006
- ‘Jobs on lower pay for Cowra workers’ The Advertiser 15.06.2006
- ‘Chris Cummins on Cowra abattoir on the carbon tax debarcle’ Meat trade News daily. 07.07.2012
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Closed Export accredited abattoir that processed beef.
It was intended to be upgraded in 1996 but closed in 1999 due to costs of processing.
- Aus-Meat accreditation
- Facility #7368.
- Export Abattoir. Beef8.
- Closed 19991.
- 13km N of Mussellbrook, 110 NW of Newcastle
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- Aberdeen Beef Company
- Australian Meat Holdings
- 361acres purchased. Australian Chilling and Freezing Co established1.
- First cargo of sheep and lambs processed1
1894 – 96
- Shut down due to drought and typhoid epidemic1
- Reopened after many more years of drought1
- Closed 5 months latter due to low supply1
- Began to process beef, rabbits and pigs, new areas of business also – butter1
- F.J Walker1
- Modernisation in CO2 to transport chilled produce
- New mutton slaughter house, plus tallow processing1
- “In NSW 20 abattoirs have ceased operations and 4,000 jobs lost” Mr John Barry Mildren (ALP) Ballarat7
- 27 meatworks has closed or forfeited export licences across Australia – loss of jobs of 10,571 people. Mr John Charles Kerin (ALP) Warriwa, Leader of opposition at the time7
- Up to 1984 all livestock processed for export and domestic1
- From 1984 on only cattle processed, graded, weighed, sliced, vacuum packed, blast frozen and stored for distribution1
- Elders traded under name Aberdeen Beef Company1
- AMH purchase the facility10
- AMH controlled by big US rural commodities trader – ConAgra, a major exporter from North America5
- AMH accounts for 16.5% of Australia’s beef kill.5
- currently owns another 8 facilities but will be consolidating to 5 and closing
- AMH continued to own
- and Aberdeen5
- Author note – not sure of 8th.
- Intended that 300 jobs would be replaced at Dinmore when expansion completed there10
- AMH undertaking a detailed study of redeveloping the Aberdeen plant, would require an additional $50M upgrade to become internationally competitive
- March 16. Six weeks prior to official closure meatworks had a temporary closure10
- April 16. Facility officially closes10
- 400 employees received no income for 6 weeks10
- Employees weren’t terminated, therefore didn’t qualify for social security10.
- Chief executive of AMH departs for an overseas trip the day of the Aberdeen abattoir closure10
- AMH weren’t interested in re-opening the works10
- More interested in bolstering other sites they owned at the time10
- AMH didn’t want to offer the facility to be leased but rather it be ‘mothballed’10
- AMH didn’t act in good faith of workers10.
- Aberdeen had a population of 1,70010
- 1 in 4 people in the town had been employed at the facility10.
- 109 year old landmark, 400 local jobs2
- More abattoirs could be threatened in meat industry shake-up.2
- Other abattoirs in Scone/Hunter area future may not be stable2
- NSW Opposition called on state government to push for further negotiations with AMH to persuade company to re-open.2
- Closure reason – cited as stock shortages.3
- AMH closed Aberdeen to send all cattle to Dinmore abattoir (QLD) – Even with added cost of cartage costs of processing were still $14 per head/cattle cheaper processed in QLD than NSW4
- November. Hon bob Carr MP, Premier of NSW announces a $12M NSW Meat processing Industry restructuring program to operate over a 3 year period9.
- Evident that the NSW Meat processing industry has and is likely to experience structural change. Rationalisation within the industry will most likely lead to a net reduction in the number of abattoirs and employee’s required9.
- Aberdeen. www.upperhuntertourism.com.au
- ‘Hunter’s Meat Axe’ Newcastle Herald 15.05.1999. www.abattoirs.com.au
- ‘State rule shut abattoir’ The land. 06.07.00
- US beef exporters force three abattoirs to close SMH 15.05.2013
- ‘Guyra abattoir closure’ Mr Raymond Chappell 15.05.96 www.parliment.nsw.gov
- Parliamentary Hansard, 20 August 1981. Pg 595 – 604
- Aus-Meat Accreditation List. November 1987.
- Industry training. Clements, Speers