MEAT processor JBS Australia is downplaying the impact a proposed abattoir based in Emerald could have on its Rockhampton business.
JBS director and head of corporate and regulatory John Berry yesterday shied away from saying whether or not the establishment of an Emerald abattoir would have a big impact on the number of cattle sent to the JBS facility.
"There are feasibilities being undertaken all the time to look at the viability of business," Mr Berry said.
"But there needs to be a commercial interest."
Last week the Central Highlands Development Corporation and the local council put out a tender for a feasibility study to identify the viability of a meatworks in Emerald.
A site about 12 km west of Emerald has been identified, and Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said they were looking at a facility that could process 100,000 head a year.
The feasibility study is expected to begin in October and be completed by January, 2015.