Mobile abattoir has begun processing in NSW
Victorian start-up Provenir has been granted a licence from the NSW Food Authority to operate a mobile on-farm abattoir, which recently commenced operations on a Riverina farm.
The mobile abattoir, which is claimed to be the first in Australia, eliminates stress on livestock associated with live transport prior to processing, and improves meat quality and traceability for the consumer.
On-farm processing is “the answer to the rapidly growing market of conscientious consumers”, according to Chris Balazs, CEO and co-founder of Provenir.
“As a farmer myself, I hate loading my livestock onto the back of a truck. I work so hard to get them in top condition only to risk losing it all to a bad trip. I always knew there had to be a better way. Mobile processing makes so much sense, for farmers, for livestock and for consumers. It’s the way of the future for red meat in Australia.
“As well as the high welfare of the livestock, Provenir is focused on providing full traceability and true provenance. By processing on-farm and utilising the latest in digital traceability technology, we are able to provide full transparency and guaranteed provenance that is validated by the customer themselves,” Balazs said.
Hereford cattle and potato farmer John Doyle was the first to host the mobile abattoir on his farm, Claredale, in the Riverina region of NSW. He said consumers can benefit from knowing the cattle are grass fed, with no hormones or antibiotics, while farmers can produce meat that consumers want to eat.
Provenir’s recent crowdfunding campaign raised over $68,000 and secured more than 220 pre-sales of the company’s Meat Packs.
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