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Katherine Times Wed 25 Feb 2015



Katherine Times Wed 25 Feb 2015


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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>> rural 10 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25 2015 www.katherinetimes.com.au PM praises $91m Livingstone abattoir HHNSHHNS SHEET METALANDSHEET METALAND 32 Crawford Street, Katherine NT 0851 email: polly@hohnssheetmetaland.com.au Ph: (08) 8972 2633 Fax: (08) 8972 3454 AW1594432 Custom Fabrication:Custom Fabrication: UteTrays Ute Trays Tucker Boxes Tucker Boxes Dog Cages Dog Cages Canopies Canopies Trailers Trailers Katherine farm gets CGMMV green light PRIME Minister Tony Abbott attended the official opening of the new Livingstone beef facility when Australian Agricultural Company officially threw open the doors on February 21. Late last year, AACo started processing its own cattle at the $91 million facility, situated about 50 kilometres south of Darwin. It is now expected the abattoir will open its doors for processing cattle from other beef cattle operations in northern Australia. Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association chief executive officer Tracey Hayes was master of ceremonies at the opening event, attended by a range of industry stakeholders who were tight-lipped due to Mr Abbotts attendance. Ms Hayes commended AACo on opening the new processing facility, saying it was an outstanding achievement. I acknowledge the foresight and investment thats taken this concept to fruition, she said. The concept was seeded in the darkest hours of the Indonesian live ex port crisis in 2011. Today and into the fu ture, this facility will bring increased market diversity and opportunity for the northern cattle industry. And its an exciting, innovative, growing and resilient industry which provides much of the fabric of northern Australia. Ms Hayes said the AACo facilitys main value would be the competitive tension it will add to the beef cattle marketplace, in northern Australia, which has previously been criticised for having an overreliance on live exports. This facility will give producers another market outlet - its very exciting and also a sign of faith in the north, she said. Its a significant investment by AACo in the northern beef industry and an indication of an enormous commitment that hopefully the northern beef industry will benefit from. Mr Abbott praised the new AACo facility as an example of a positive partnership and co-investment between the private sector and government. The facility was designed to provide process ing options for cattle producers outside of the nearest existing abattoir option, 2500km from Darwin in Townsville. Other facilities in southern Australia are also considered impractical options and more expensive, due to lengthy transportation distances and associated costs. Mr Abbott also indicated his strong support for the northern beef industry including the live export trade and its ongoing contribution to the economic well-being of northern Australia. He also praised potential opportunities for Australian beef exports from the key free trade agreements that his government has signed with China, Japan and Korea. Beef is Australias biggest agricultural export to Korea and was valued at $788 million in 2013. As opposition leader, Mr Abbott was highly critical of the former Labor governments decision to ban live cattle exports to Indonesia in June 2011. He reiterated the Coalition governments support for the live export industry on Saturday. BEEF BUSINESS: Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised AACos $91 million abattoir as a step in the right direction for the Northern Territory beef industry when he officially opened it on February 21. A PROPERTY in the Katherine region previously suspected of having cucumber green mottle mosaic virus has been declared free of the infectious disease. On February 12, the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries announced that two new properties near Katherine had returned positive results for the virus, taking the number of properties quarantined in the Northern Territory to 12. Biosecurity director Dr Andrew Tomkins said that, while subsequent testing had cleared one of the properties, the second had yet to be given the green light. We received a positive result from the first round of testing on some weeds at the property, he said. The quarantine area was expanded as an immediate precaution to ensure this serious virus is proactively managed. While that was not a conclusive result, we acted on the presumption of the virus being present, which is in accordance with national guidelines. There are currently 10 properties in the Territory where the presence of CGMMV is confirmed. CGMMV FREE: A Katherine property that was quarantined on February 12 has now been declared clear of the disease.

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