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: WA Sheep processors battle for survival - because of greedy exporters
: Export News Tasmania April 13, 2012, 04:38:35 PM
WA Sheep processors battle for survival.

 Western Australia's sheep processing industry is struggling with not enough sheep for slaughter making life tough for processors.

One major Narrogin operation, south east of Perth, is closed and other processors are battling to maintain sustainable kill levels.

This week Fletcher International at Narrikup in WA's Great Southern area announced a further reduction in kill and a potential loss of jobs.

General Manager Greg Cross says it's the worst conditions in years.

"Probably the worst we've been in the fourteen years we've been operating, primarily due to the aftermath of the exodus of livestock that went over east in 2010, certainly had an impact on processors as we speak now.

When you think that the plant some years ago was doing two shifts, 48,000 head a week. Now as from this week we're doing about 12,000 head a week."

Department of Agriculture statistics show that compared to last year to date, WA's sheep kill is down 49 percent, the lamb kill down by 15 per cent and live exports have fallen by 29 per cent.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201203/s3465553.htm