83 contract jobs lost as Teys restructure due to drought

TEYS Australia is expecting to see an all time low next year when it comes to cattle numbers.

The beef processor will reduce its daily kill at its Rockhampton plant from 1668 to 1458 as of November 23.

This will see 83 contractor jobs cut from Teys as they embark on a restructure of operations at its Rockhampton plant.

Teys Australia general manager corporate affairs Tom Maguire says supply shortages means there will be a reduction in staff numbers, with the difficult decision made on circumstances beyond their control.

"Unfortunately, the herd numbers are not replenishing fast enough to meet numbers killed," Mr Maguire said.

Mr Maguire said next year's cattle numbers forecast is tipped to dip to a 35-year low.

"This is a once in a generation decline but unfortunately we can expect herd numbers to stay significantly low for at least the next two years," he said.

The restructure is expected to allow the plant to operate until their planned shutdown on December 17 and recommence on January 15.

Any full-time staff not needed at the plant will be allocated to other sites around Rockhampton.



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