A smith-processing plant is being set up at a Queensland town to convert the meat of the Australian Meatpacking Industry into animal feed.
The new plant, which will be built by Barite Processing, will convert meat from the Australian industry to feed livestock.
“This is an excellent opportunity to start the process of changing the way we produce Australian beef,” Barite’s chief executive John Mowat said.
“There are currently about 500 processing plants in Australia.
This is the first time that one of them is actually going to go out and convert the animal products from Australia into our own.”
The company is also looking at expanding the process to include beef cattle, sheep and pigs.
The plant will use a mixture of water and electricity to convert animal feeds to beef feed.
The plant is expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2019.
“The biggest challenge we face is getting the water to flow through the machinery and we’ll have to be able to do this in a controlled way,” Mr Mowats told ABC News Breakfast.
“We’ll have our own control of the water flow, so that’s something that we’re looking at very carefully.”
Barite has been working on a large plant at the port city of Port Stephens since the 1980s, when it converted the animal carcasses of sheep into beef.
However, that operation was a large and complex undertaking, with more than 300,000 tonnes of raw animal feed to be shipped to Australia.
The Australian Meat Processing Industry (AMPI) is a voluntary group of producers and processors who meet in a number of cities around the country every three years to share information on issues related to animal welfare.
The group’s executive director John Mowerton said it was a great opportunity for the company to take advantage of the “historic opportunity” to begin converting animal products.
“It’s going to be a really good opportunity to do a lot of research and see how we can make it better,” Mr Marter said.
“As it relates to the process, we’re talking about turning a lot more animal products into beef feed than we currently are, and we can get that much more meat, for a cheaper price.”
There are a lot in the system that are in a very bad state.
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