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TAS Country : June 28th 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News Packing plenty of flavour ROGER HANSON TASTE SENSATION: Timothy and Lindsay Plapp with a slaughtered alpaca. ONE of the meats being processed at a small North-West abattoir can be best described as a mix between beef and kangaroo. The lean delicacy, coming on stream at Wal's Bulk Meats at Stowport, is alpaca meat. Lindsay Plapp and his son Timothy reopened the closed Warra Rd abattoir about six years ago and now have the licence to process a full range of meats. Timothy, who holds the licence as a butcher/slaughterman and certi- fied meat inspector, meets the ap- provals to process cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, deer and alpacas. ''We could do more alpaca and, once people know we are here and licensed to do so, I am sure the demand will pick up as people begin to try the alpaca meat,'' Timothy said. ''The alpaca meat is lean and really is sort of between beef and roo.'' Earlier this year Australian Alpaca Association director John Bell, from Western Australia, was calling for groups of local alpaca owners to get together to produce commercial meat. However, in Tasmania, the focus is on premium-quality fleece among the 67 registered studs. Timothy works on the floor at the abattoir as slaughterman, while Lindsay is the ''runabout'', doing deliveries and looking after office administration. The abattoir does a lot of private work for farmers and landowners and processes about four or five cattle a week, plus 20 to 30 pigs and a few alpacas a month. ''It was a bit of a challenge getting the abattoir back up and running after it had been closed for 12 months, but with lots of work, gaining the extra licences to process a variety of animals will help build the volume through the abattoir,'' Timothy said. To Page 6 RAB0576/10 Call 1300 30 30 33 or visit rabobank.com.au Australian stock saddles are crafted for one rider. That s so the saddle fits the rider perfectly. When settlers first arrived in 1788, they redesigned their saddles to suit Australia s harsh conditions. And for 113 years, our one goal has been to shape our business around you. We re an agribusiness bank. That means we provide loans, services and a global network of knowledge for producers like you. This single focus enables us to support your business to meet your ambitions and secure your long-term future. That s why we have the most satisfied clients in the industry. Rabobank. One focus. New guide for animal transport KAROLIN MacGREGOR National standard released A NEW national standard for livestock transport has been introduced for the first time. The Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals- Land Transport of Livestock was devel- oped through the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, with input from industry bodies, government and wel- fare organisations. AAWS livestock and production working group chairman Keith Adams said the new standards would bring consistency to how livestock were transported nationally and help ensure good welfare practices for all livestock journeys. ''Improving animal welfare is the responsibility of everyone in the com- munity, and those people who are involved in the transportation of live- stock by land anywhere in Australia should take time to understand their obligations under these new stan- dards,'' he said. Tasmanian Livestock Transporters Association president Darren Cooper said the new standards would help clarify who was responsible for live- stock through the transportation chain, and make things simpler. ''It will cut out some of the grey areas so everyone is on the same page and [it] puts in place who is responsible,'' he said. ''There were some differences between the states, so it just tidies all that up.'' The new standards cover all aspects of the transportation chain, from vehicles and facilities to unloading and loading procedures. It also provides regulations for al- lowed times of water, and the humane destruction of ill or injured animals. The standards cover the transpor- tation of livestock by road, rail or by ship. They include regulations for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, horses, camels, alpacas, buffalo, deer, emus and ostriches. The state and territory governments will be responsible for regulating the standards. ''Livestock prepared and selected for transport must be fit for the intended journey; they must be healthy and free of disease,'' Mr Adams said. ''These standards ensure that live- stock are handled, loaded, transported and unloaded in a manner that mini- mises risks to livestock welfare.'' Mr Cooper said while most profes- sional livestock transporters were aware of the regulations, some farmers, in particular hobby farmers, might not know what was required. To Page 6
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