T&R quiet about its WA abattoir

25 Sep, 2008 11:46 AM

ONE of the big questions farmers are asking is will South Australian meat processor T&R ever get the North Dandalup abattoir up and running?

Without giving too much away, T&R director Darren Thomas said there was still a lot of work going on behind the scenes.

"I don't want to say too much at this stage," he said.

"All the people that need to know what is going on know.

"I can say that it is all positive and things are moving ahead.

"We have met with a number of relevant people in WA over the past six to eight weeks and we are keeping in regular contact with the people that we need to."

Mr Thomas said he has had several conversations with WA's new Agriculture Minister Terry Redman in the past and said he was delighted to hear of Mr Redman's appointment.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him in his new capacity as yet, but certainly look forward to meeting with him in the near future," Mr Thomas said.

T&R have been active in the WA market in the past two weeks, buying both lambs and cattle.

"There is certainly a big discrepancy between WA and eastern states' livestock prices at the moment, but it is not really for me to comment on why that is," Mr Thomas said.


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