Queensland Central Highlands assessing viability for new cattle abattoir

A study commissioned by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) suggests a beef cattle abattoir is a feasible proposition, with a capital cost of $100 million and a potential annual income of $204 million. The proposed abattoir would be expected to process 100,000 cattle per year, with the report recommending a custom kill service should be made available to producers wanting to sell their own beef.

The report suggests that annual operating costs of the abattoir would be around $23.5 million, and it should focus on high-volume processing of cattle from 400-500kg. The CHDC says the Central Highlands is an ideal location for a new abattoir, with around 1.4 million head of cattle in the local government area.