Premier of Queensland Export Awards winner Mort & Co has completed a major expansion of its Darling Downs feedlot.
Mort & Co’s operation at Grassdale, west of Toowoomba, is now Australia’s largest operational feedlot, with capability to turnoff upwards of 200,000 cattle per annum.
The expansion was supported by funding under the Queensland Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said beef processing was one of Queensland’s largest manufacturing industries and the government was committed to its continued success.
‘We launched our Queensland Beef Processing Strategy 2019–2022 at the Ekka last year, and guided by that framework and investment initiatives like our Jobs and Regional Growth Fund we will keep working to support our beef industry,’ Mr Dick said.
In line with the Grassdale expansion, Mort & Co has brought online their own gas-fired power plant, a move that will allow them to meet their individual power requirements and become a net exporter back into the grid.
Mort & Co are also constructing a new fertiliser pellet manufacturing facility, set to be delivered in the first half of this year.
In a first for the Australian beef industry, the company will use innovative technologies to convert 60,000 tonnes of manure into high-value granulated fertiliser pellets.
The process will provide the feedlot with an environmental solution to waste issues and generate a new form of revenue for the company.
Mort & Co Executive Chairman Charlie Mort said the company had a longstanding track record of delivering best practice across all aspects of its business.
‘The prolonged drought that’s impacting cattle supply across Queensland and New South Wales makes it even more imperative that the feedlot industry continues to grow,’ Mr Mort said.
‘This will ensure a consistent supply of quality products for beef markets, both export and domestic.’
Mort & Co won the Agribusiness, Food and Beverages Award at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2019.
TIQ has provided advice to the company on a number of export markets.
Agricultural products like beef are identified as one of Queensland’s traditional export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.