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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 29, 2010 Export licences a win-win for Tassie CHEWS THEFAT David Byard THE announcement by Swift Meat Works that it was closing its sheep floor because of a lack of sheep numbers has caused considerable interest. One of the factors --- lack of sheep numbers --- is due in part to the fact that there are 400,000 sheep leaving this state per year. Looking back you might remember that Swift decided that it didn't want to process lambs for the Australian Lamb Company and that this led to the company exporting up to 2000 lambs per week to the mainland, taking jobs, skins and offal with them. It also reduced the competition for lambs. But Swift is a private company and as such might have found that the Australian Lamb Company was competition. It should be remembered that farmers don't want to export lamb and mutton because processors often pay a substantial price difference. If these markets are not available, the price of stock will decrease significantly. This might mean producers cut back or get out of the industry altogether. Most farmers can remember the days when they ran wethers on run country for their wool. In a lot of cases this became an unprofitable enterprise, which is why one of the factors forcing the price of mutton up is a lack of numbers. Swift is a private company and can do what it likes with its plant. Could it be possible that the sheep floor at Longford may need work and Swift might go to the State Government to seek help to upgrade the facility? What we need in Tasmania is an independent processor with an export licence, not unlike Brian Oliver and John Talbot from Tasmanian Quality Meats. Their story is rather interesting. Taking over a small abattoir in 1997 at Cressy, the pair and three employees started processing 200 lambs and 30 deer each week. Currently they have the capacity to process 5000 lambs and mutton, 500 cattle and 200 pigs per week. The business kills for butchers and wholesalers statewide and processes beef, lamb and mutton for interstate wholesalers and butchers. One of their better orders is to process (on a service basis) 700 lambs a week for a Queensland wholesaler. These lambs are strip-branded with a Tassie logo and the brand goes from the tip of the tail to the neck. TQM also sells mutton to a domestic boning room in Victoria, along with 15,000 bobby calves. It goes without saying that this is welcome competition. Brian is a passionate advocate of the values of Tasmanian meat, and while he has a large customer base in Victoria and Queensland, he believes that there is a great opportunity for Tasmanian products in Sydney. Because he is a man of action he has made contact with three wholesalers who sell 10,000 lambs a week and are prepared to place orders as the season progresses and more lambs become available. John and Brian talk about their plans for expansion, which have in fact gone past the stage of planning. They have applied for a limited export licence, which has to be granted by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Initially their operations will only involve small stock. If their limited export licence is granted they can export to places such as Papua New Guinea, the Middle East and some South-East Asian countries. However, the US, the EU, Japan and Korea will not accept meat coming from an abattoir with a restricted licence. One of the biggest advantages John and Brian can look forward to is exporting offal, which is almost worthless on the domestic market and is only suitable for the digester. Needless to say, exported offal can be very valuable. That is why most supermarkets will process their stock in an export facility whenever possible. When the new plant is up and running at Cressy, it will have the capacity to process 2000 small stock a day and it will give producers more competition. Brian is quick to point out that the business will service-kill any stock for anybody, providing they pay. If a farmer or farmers find a market for their stock either on the mainland or globally, TQM will be more than happy to service-kill. This sort of initiative may bring better prices for Tasmanian stock and stem the flow of stock across the water in pursuit of better prices. With funding from the State and Federal governments, and Brian and John making up the difference, the plan is to fast-track the $2.5 million expansion plan. It is hoped that Tasmanian producers get a mainland-comparable price, which would take the interest out of exporting livestock to the mainland and conserve wealth and jobs in this state. 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