Cattle to arrive by rail at Oakey Beef Exports
FOR 23 years, a dusty stretch of rail track snaked across western Queensland and past the Oakey beef abattoir without delivering cattle.
But tomorrow, carriages carrying 880 bullocks and cows from Quilpie will thunder directly into Oakey Beef Exports, after a breakthrough with the State Government earlier this year.
Taking cattle off the roads and onto rail is expected to open up the far western Queensland beef market – a win for graziers who can more easily and cheaply get their cattle to slaughter as well as for the Japanese owners of OBE who can process more animals for both the domestic and booming Asian market.
The development is being heralded by the company’s general manager Pat Gleeson as a symbolic start of an imminent $60 million upgrade of the abattoir.