Qld lamb processor to upgrade its facilities
Elliott Agribusiness, a livestock producer and meat processor based in the Roma region of Queensland, will employ up to 12 staff and increase exports of lamb and beef, after receiving support from the Palaszczuk government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
The family-owned business has been supplying processed lamb and beef to retailers around the state for 20 years. State Development Minister Kate Jones said the grant will enable the livestock producer to refurbish the chilling and secondary processing facilities at its food processing plant in Roma.
“They’ll have more capacity to process products for customers and contract processing for local livestock producers. This means more jobs and the ability to process and sell more meat. They’ll employ an extra 12 staff over the next three years while retaining their existing workforce,” Jones said.
Elliott Agribusiness purchased the processing plant in 2014, enhancing its lamb, beef breeding and finishing operation to a fully vertically integrated lamb and beef production and meat processing business. Shane Elliott, the company’s Director, said there has been a resurgence in the lamb industry in Queensland over recent years.
“The plant currently processes approximately 10,000 lambs, 1250 cattle and 500 goats per year servicing a well-established client base of approximately 21 high-quality boutique butchers in South East and South West Queensland,” Elliott said.
The government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund supports the state’s efforts to unite and recover from the impacts of the pandemic and drive Queensland’s economic recovery.
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