Study finds new route would save abattoirs $740,000 a year
THE Federal Government will be pushed by Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry to chip in towards the road upgrades needed to allow road trains to transport cattle through Rocky's CBD to the two abattoirs.
Ms Landry said the present system, where transports are forced to take one trailer at a time through town to the meatworks, was expensive and raised animal-welfare concerns.
She said the CSIRO had released a report last week as as part of the Federal Government's Beef Roads Fund.
The fund will supply $100 million across Northern Australia to fix beef roads to make beef transport costs more efficient.
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"The CSIRO found that road upgrades through Rockhampton's CBD to allow for Type 1 road trains to proceed directly to local abattoirs would save $740,000 a year to the industry - or the equivalent of $1 per head of cattle."
Up to 20,500 beef trailers travel from Gracemere to Rockhampton's two abattoirs each year.
Ms Landry said she would be lobbying the Federal Ministers for Northern Australia, Transport and Agriculture to come up with funding to back the Rockhampton proposal.
"We are the 'Beef Capital' of Australia, so it makes a lot of sense to fund this project to help reduce costs to beef producers and save cattle from waiting longer in the sun on a trailer at Gracemere, where they can be losing condition," Ms Landry said.