A small-scale permanent meat processing facility on Kangaroo Island would be viable and has significant community support, according to an independent feasibility study released this week.
The study, commissioned by the Marshall Liberal Government and Livestock SA, follows initial community consultation regarding options for small-scale meat processing on the island.
BDO Econsearch found all hospitality venues and supermarkets surveyed wanted to source and use Kangaroo Island meat products as they are an expected part of the meat offering on the Island.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone released the findings at Dudley Wines, who provided supportive feedback to the process.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has delivered on an election commitment to assess the feasibility of artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island,” said Minister Whetstone.
“The results of the study show there are sufficient livestock numbers on the Island to sustain a small multi-species processing facility for a majority of the year.
“Furthermore there is community support for this concept to enable Kangaroo Island produced, processed and packaged meat.
“In fact, there has already been interest in investing in an artisan meat processing facility on the Island.
“As it currently stands local farmers are forced to send their produce to the mainland to be processed and a local facility would not only save farmers costs but offer an opportunity to brand local meat as a premium product.
“BDO EconSearch, as part of its assessment, consulted with industry stakeholders, industry associations, the Kangaroo Island Council, potential providers, butchers, restaurants and hotels on the island.
“As a next step, the State Government would welcome interest from any industry and stakeholders who may wish to pursue options to develop a small processing facility.”
Livestock SA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Curtis said the feasibility study would be a valuable resource for the industry.
“Having clear pathways to consumers is important for livestock producers across the state,” said Mr Curtis.
“This report provides some valuable information for those producers keen to explore premium markets that recognise Kangaroo Island’s unique attributes.”
For a full copy of the study visit https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/artisan-meat