OAKEY BEEF EXPORTS
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.