Week In Review Sunday 10 Feb 2013

Starting this Week In Review article off with a reminder of the battle that is ahead of us in the promotion of veganism, and animal rights, the Kill stats page has been updated for the week ending 01 Feb 2013.

Whilst some of the numbers are down on last week, it isn’t cause to celebrate, as the drop has been due to the inclement weather that has hit most of the eastern states over the past week.

Speaking of the bad weather, a piece in the North Queensland Register has one property owner saying that his stock losses from ex cyclone Oswald will be in the thousands.

If one property in the region is claiming a loss of thousands of head of cattle, I dare not think about what the final total will be.

Continuing with the stories of woe to come out of the bad weather is this one by milk producers who are literally crying over spilt milk. Well dumped milk actually.
Dairy producers in the Monto region have had to dump thousands of litres of milk when access to their farm was cut off due to floods.
One producer dumped approx 3,000L whilst another had to get rid of 13,000L

A $15 Million saleyard has been built near Tamworth. The saleyard which is due to open in the middle of the year comes complete with soft floors, non-bruise panelling and are fully undercover. With the saleyard’s managing director, Garry Edwards, saying “It’s all designed to put less stress on the animals,” and Tamworth Selling Agents Association president Ian Morgan said the expected rise in stock numbers would translate into increased competition and better outcomes for both buyers and vendors.

After all, that’s what is important here, increased competition and better outcomes for both buyers and vendors.

And now for some good news, or well sort of.

On Friday, the Australian meat judging team arrived home after their month long tour of the US. The team consisting of, Isaac Allen, Vanessa Campbell and Jordan Hoban of Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga, Tim Ryan of the University of Melbourne, and Rozzie O’Reilly of the University of New England.

Supposedly judging animal flesh is a big thing here and overseas, so if you want to catch up with the Australian team, they will Be at the 2013 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging program to be held in Wagga Wagga on from July 9 to 14.

Inspired by the recent Got Milk? ad that appeared recently at the US Superbowl, Dairy Australia could be launching a similar campaign here especially considering the success generic milk campaigns have had in Europe.

I wonder what Australian personalities they will get to sport the white milk mustache? Maybe it’s another job for Darren Lockyer once his Coal Seam Gas propaganda piece has finished.

And finally, something for us all to cheer about, especially those who supported the carbon tax. The Federal Government has just handed over $4.4Million to JBS Australia to help them upgrade their Dinmore slaughterhouse. The grant is part of a dollar for dollar program to help these awful places improve their competitiveness and energy efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions.

The project is expected to save the Dinmore slaughterhouse approx $1.1Million in energy costs, and reduce the company’s carbon price liability by $790,000 each year.

And let’s not forget a $6.2m allocation made to renderer, AJ Bush, to upgrade boiler systems at its factory near Beaudesert

Here is a list of the meat processors who to date have received funding from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program include:

  1. Teys Australia Tamworth, NSW – Project cost: $996,050; grant offer: $328,696; expected benefits: $327,000 in energy cost savings a year
  2. Jertvu Pty Ltd, Midland, WA – Project cost: $52,154; grant offer: $26,077; expected benefits: $7800 in energy cost savings a year.
  3. Greenmountain Food Processing, Queensland – Project cost: $997,500; grant offer: $498,750; expected benefits: 34 percent reduction in energy costs.
  4. Dew’s Meats, South Australia – Project cost: $68,907; grant offer: 34,453; expected benefits: $6500.
  5. Rivalea, NSW – Project cost: $823,966; grant offer: $268,810; expected benefits: $195,600 in energy costs a year.
  6. Wodonga Rendering, Victoria – Project cost: $4,123,000; grant offer: $1,053,500; expected benefits: $761,000 in savings a year.
  7. V&V Walsh, WA – Project cost: $837,772; grant offer: $279,258; expected benefits: $170,000 in energy cost savings a year.
  8. Harvey Industries, WA – Project cost: $565,000; grant offer: $188,000; expected benefits: $211,000 in energy cost savings a year.
  9. Hunsa Smallgoods, WA – Project cost: $451,426; grant offer: $225,713; expected benefits: $26,000 in energy cost savings a year.
  10. D’Orsogna Ltd, WA – Project cost: $288,457; grant offer: $96,152; expected benefits: $61,000 in energy cost savings a year.
  11. GM Scott, NSW – Project cost: $182,746; grant offer: $85,373; expected benefits: on-site emmissions cuts.
  12. A.J.Bush & Sons (Manufactures) Pty Ltd, Bromelton, South East Queensland Project cost: $12,369,179; grant offer: $6,184,589; expected benefits: Savings of $1.5m reduced carbon price liability per year at Bromelton facility and will reduce their energy costs by 46pc.
  13. JBS Australia Dinmore – Total project cost: $8,770,452; grant offer: $4,385,226; expected benefits: $790,00 reduced carbon price liability per year at Dinmore facility and will result in savings of $1.1 million in energy costs per year.
  14. Kalleske Meats Smithfield, South Australia – Project cost: $83,482; grant offer: $41,741. Expected benefits: savings of $45,000 in energy costs a year.
  15. Wagners Fine Foods Victoria – Project cost: $82,000; grant offer: $41,000; expected benefits: $9000 in energy cost savings per year.
  16. D A Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Afflick Abattoirs, NSW – Project cost: $223,450; grant offer: $111,725; expected benefits: savings of $44,000 in energy costs per year.

What are your thoughts?