Cat­tle in­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties ‘enor­mous’

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Talks con­tinue to heat up sur­round­ing ex­port, pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties and roads to open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for the North West beef in­dus­try.

Up­dates on ex­port from Pil­bara ports, in­vest­ment in road in­fra­struc­ture and the open­ing of a new abat­toir at Kilto Sta­tion were all hot top­ics at the North­ern Beef Fu­tures fo­rum.

Durack MHR Melissa Price said Fed­eral Govern­ment in­vest­ment would help con­nect pro­duc­ers to ex­port fa­cil­i­ties.

“What we’re cur­rently fo­cus­ing on is the $100 mil­lion beef roads pro­ject, which is find­ing out where the roads that are go­ing to con­nect the sta­tions to the mar­ket are,” she said.

“We’ll spend over $500 mil­lion over the next two years in terms of con­nec­tiv­ity from pas­toral sta­tions down to the farms for ag­ist­ment. It’s never been a bet­ter time to be in the cat­tle in­dus­try — the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the North West are enor­mous.”

The State Govern­ment has seen pro­pos­als to ship cat­tle out of Onslow, and Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the use of three berths at Port Hed­land for cat­tle ex­ports. Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton said move­ment in port and abat­toir fa­cil­i­ties was en­cour­ag­ing.

“I think an abat­toir is go­ing to be a huge ad­van­tage in the Kim­ber­ley/Pil­bara area,” he said.

PPA land­side op­er­a­tions man­ager John Giles told the fo­rum tri­als with triple road trains had been con­ducted at Port Hed­land.

Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara Cat­tle­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cather­ine Mar­riott said ex­port fa­cil­i­ties in the Pil­bara would help pro­duc­ers con­trol the north­ern beef sup­ply chain.

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