One of Australia's biggest cattlemen, Jack Burton has hit out at the Federal Government for failing to support investment in onshore processing to reduce the industry's dependence on live exports.
His Yeeda Pastoral Company, which has about 60,000 cattle on seven stations covering about 1.2 million hectares, is building a $20 million abattoir with capacity to process about 50,000 cattle a year between Broome and Derby. It is basically being built for his own cattle but Mr Burton said that "now that we have taken it this far it would only take about 25 per cent ($5 million) of the current spend to take the capacity out to 125,000 head and make it a regional facility."
Mr Burton wants to expand the project with Government backing.....surely a win win all round. But no, the Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce won't even meet up with him.