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Oakey’s beef is ex­ported, some is sold do­mes­ti­cally, in­clud­ing prime cuts that are bought by nearby restau­rant Grumpy Steak­house in Toowoomba.

The busi­ness is reg­is­tered to sell to 38 coun­tries, but at the mo­ment is mostly ex­port­ing to 12.

The plant is al­ready util­is­ing the Bris­bane West Well­camp Air­port, fly­ing one tonne of beef per week to China.

Mr Hayes de­scribed the red meat sec­tor as con­stantly evolv­ing, and pre­dicted the way meat is sold would con­tinue to change.

“If you came to this fa­cil­ity, or any fa­cil­ity, 15 to 25 years ago, you would have seen they broke the car­case down into as few pieces as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The meat was then sent on for fur­ther pro­cess­ing by butch­ers and restau­ra­teurs.”

Mr Hayes said there was grow­ing de­mand for fur­ther pro­cess­ing by abat­toirs, which even­tu­ally could cut out the mid­dle man and see con­sumers get a bet­ter price.

“It re­duces labour on the other end, and the cus­tomer will get a prod­uct that’s eas­ier to work with,” he said.

Break­ing the car­case down fur­ther also cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity to sell shelf-ready prod­ucts, he said.

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