SOUTH Australian meat processor T and R Pastoral is confident it will be killing cattle by the middle of next year.
The processor is waiting for one more permit to be approved before starting work on its North Dandalup abattoir.
Company director Darren Thomas said he was hoping to get the nod this month and work could start at the facility.
“The approval can’t come soon enough,” he said.
“There is a bit of work to be done to get the site in working order and we will miss the spring flush this year, but we do hope to be up and running by the middle of next year.”
Mr Thomas told Farm Weekly last week that the new abattoir would have the capacity to process 400 to 500 cattle each day and up to 5000 sheep daily.
“We won’t start off at those numbers but will build up in a stepped approach,” he said.
“The company is looking forward to getting the abattoir working and offering another alternative market to WA cattle and sheep producers.”
Mr Thomas said he did not think there would be any problems sourcing the livestock to keep the abattoir running at full capacity.
“There is a big opportunity in WA, particularly in the feedlot sector,” he said.
“We will be looking at working with, and have already met with, some feedlotters to set up supply chains.
“Early on we will be looking to back those feedlotters in to ensure we get the numbers required.”
Mr Thomas said 200 workers would be needed to run the abattoir.
He said while sourcing that sort of labour would be a challenge it was one he accepted.
“We have some very good in-company programs and believe we offer a good working environment to employees,” he said.
The company has been actively buying cattle out of Esperance and areas further west and trucking them back to its Murray Bridge plant in South Australia.