Meat plant atBomaderry to bring 30 jobs

THE region is set for a jobs boost when the old Dairy Farmers milk factory in Bomaderry becomes home to a new meat processing plant.

Argyle Prestige Meats, based in Harden, will operate the facility on Bolong Road. 

The site has been mostly dormant and under the control of Manildra Group since its doors closed in 2006. The decision to close cost the local area 50 full-time and 16 part-time jobs. 

The new development will see 20-30 new jobs created in the short term.

Owner and operator of Argyle Prestige Meats Lachlan Graham, said the plant would be up and running at the latest by the beginning of May. 

He said the move to the Shoalhaven was part of the expansion plans for the family run business.

“We are looking to become accredited and supply the Australian export market, which we are unable to do from our Harden facility.

“The Shoalhaven offers access to resources and the port, as well as opening up a new labour market,” Mr Graham said.

Argyle Prestige Meats intends to bypass traditional saleyards and instead offer meat producers a direct market for the sale of their cattle.

“We currently source the majority of the meat we process from our own farms in the Shoalhaven and Harden.

“We anticipate aligning with local beef producers located up and down the coast and on the Southern Highlands, offering them a consistent price structure for their grass and grain-fed cattle” Mr Graham said.

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