New busi­ness meats de­mand

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - News - ALICE CLAR­IDGE

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.

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