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Goat depot boon for graziers

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

(From left) Pat Cuffe, Cody Laubsch and Ashley Laubsch out at the new Cedar Meats goat depot, which is just past the Round Hill rest area. PICTURE: Callum Marshall (From left) Pat Cuffe, Cody Laubsch and Ashley Laubsch out at the new Cedar Meats goat depot, which is just past the Round Hill rest area. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

A new goat depot has just opened near Broken Hill, making it much easier for graziers to offload small stocks of the animals.

Run by Cedar Meats Australia and located a few minutes away from the Round Hill rest area, the goats will be drafted, weighed and looked after before being trucked down to Mildura.

Local Livestock Manager Pat Cuffe said the depot will save graziers from having to fill large trucks with stock and make long trips away to abattoirs. 

“We’ve had goat depots in Broken Hill before but the depot out near Round Hill is brand new and it’s run by Cedar Meats, whose main location is in Melbourne, but with new abattoirs in Mildura,” Mr Cuffe said. 

“When graziers are out doing their water runs or mustering for shearing and they see some goats in amongst their sheep, they’ll be able to bring them in and draft them off.

“It could be a ute-load, trailer-load or small truck load that they bring into us. They don’t have to worry about getting a four-decker or a B Double, which is 600 to 900 goats.

“After that we’ll draft the goats up into their weight ranges, and once the animals are weighed we’ll pay people per kilo live weight.

At the moment the price for goat is about $2.40 for 20 kilo live weight and better, which is “good money,” said Mr Cuffe.

“When we get enough, which usually takes a week, we truck down to the Mildura abattoirs.

“It’s basically a depot for the smaller lots that come in. 

“It’ll make life easier for everyone because it’s close to town and it’ll serve as a temporary home for the goats while we wait for the big trucks to arrive. 

To arrange a drop off all people had to do was call the depot, he said.

The value of the depot would be felt in other ways, such as helping those struggling with the drought, said Mr Cuffe.

“A lot of people will be using the goat money to help with the feeding of their stock,” he said.

Cedar Meat’s Managing Director in Mildura, Ashley Laubsch, said having the goat depot at Round Hill was “extremely valuable” for the business.

“Whilst it’s awesome to get the big loads of 900 or 650, it’s also just as important for us to get the guys who’ve got 20, 30, 50 or 100 which you can put together and make up a load relatively quickly,” he said. 

“Those smaller numbers are going to assist us in fulfilling our numbers through the plant.

“We can’t stress enough how important this is to us, and how good it’s going to be for the Far West region but also Mildura.

“We’re starting off with 80 people but we intend on growing the Mildura business to be the same, if not bigger, than our Melbourne operation.

“This depot will certainly help us get started.”

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