New business meats demand
A HARD- WORKING Magra family have set up their own business and are offering a unique and sought-after product.
Chris and Jessica Munnings opened Westbrook Game Meats a few months ago and are pleased with the level of demand they are receiving for their kangaroo, wallaby and rabbit meats.
‘‘I just really wanted to work for myself and saw this opportunity,’’ Mr Munnings said.
‘‘There is not really a lot of game meat available out there at the moment but there is the demand.’’
Mr Munnings said game was becoming more popular due to the rising costs of red meat and the fact that many preferred the lean qualities of their produce.
As well as steaks and bigger cuts of meat the Munnings also supply mince or pre- made burgers. Mr Munnings said so far their rabbit meat had been the most popular.
‘‘I actually can’t get enough rabbits, it sells almost before I’ve got it,’’
Mr Munnings completed his training through the Polytechnic and Skills Tasmania and is fully qualified to prepare and handle meat. He slaughters the meat himself in a specially built room.
‘‘There is a lot to know really, especially when you’re working for human-grade meat,’’ he said.
‘‘I enjoyed going back to school to learn all about it actually.’’
The young family are excited to be able to make good quality affordable meat available to other Derwent Valley residents.
‘‘I have been hearing stories about pensioners buying animal- grade kangaroo mince to eat because they can’t afford beef, which is just terrible,’’ Mrs Munnings said.
‘‘It’s not safe. Animalgrade meat is only suitable for pets – you don’t know what condition the roo’ could have been in.’’
Westbrook Game Meats will deliver for free in the Derwent Valley area, or collection is available from Magra.
For more information call 0437 856 664.