Cattle industry opportunities ‘enormous’
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.