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Market options explored for exotic sheep breeds
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 04:52:59 PM »
 The owner of the Gingin sheep abattoir says he's hopeful of finding a market for the specialist sheep breeds that WA producers are struggling to sell on the live export market.
      Jack Burton height=394 Jack Burton, managing director of the Yeeda Pastoral Company, is the new owner of a Gingin abattoir 
 Last week Cameron Tubby explained he was holding just over 1,000 extra cross bred damaras and white dorpers on his property, just north of Morawa.

 He says the animal welfare system known as ESCAS had cut off access to his traditional markets such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and the local processors aren't interested in the breed either.

 Kimberley pastoralist and owner of the Gingin abattoir Jack Burton says he's been working hard on a finding a market for these breeds in north Africa.

 "We've been looking at it for quite a while. Obviously when everything started to get, come unwound with the live export job, there was going to be a surplus of these type of animals that are specificially for the live export market."

 "So since then we've been looking around trying to find ... marketing opportunities for basically some of the exotic breeds that are around the place and obviously the numbers are accumulating and hopefully we'll find something pretty soon."

 "Obviously it's a north African sort of market ... where they were live exporting them to is where we'd be looking to sending carcases to."

 "We're at a tier one level and ... we've got opportunities to go into certain markets up there and we'd just basically be going into where the live exporters were looking at putting them."

 "We can't really put a number on it at this stage but the main thing is get in there, get some contacts and relationships."

 He also believes there may be a domestic market solution for these exotic breeds.

 "There's a lot of people from countries where they eat these animals are now Australian residents so I can't see why some of the ethnic populations around the country, there'd be some demand for it. It's just a matter of getting a supply chain set up for it, if we can get a wholesaler who can handle the product then hopefully get a few into the eastern seaboard, so yeah we're definitely looking at all options."

By Belinda Varischetti Monday, 11 February  2013
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