Economy boost for Wallangarra

WALLANGARRA is set to receive “a boost in employment and economy” after T&R Pastoral announced its purchase of Country Fresh Australia and Country Fresh America.

The acquisition under the T&R Group creates Australia’s largest family-owned mutton and lamb processing company with a combined capacity of 26,000 sheep and lambs per day.

The company also processes 800 cattle per day. T&R assumed operational control of Country Fresh on Monday.

T&R Chief Executive Officer Darren Thomas said the T&R Group was excited about the acquisition of Country Fresh – a family company operated by the JSA Jackson Group.

“We have invested heavily in markets around the world and in Australia and believe this deal will be of great benefit to regional NSW and Queensland,” he said.

“It offers the farmers of NSW and Queensland an expanded marketing alternative for their stock.

“For Country Fresh employees it will be business as usual. For the farmers and livestock agents of NSW and Queensland they will now have extra staff livestock buyers to service their requirements.”

Mr Thomas said they would be proactive in offering forward contracts, over the hooks selling as well as the traditional on-farm buying.

“Country Fresh has a loyal and diverse range of customers in Australia and overseas and we will endeavour to service their requirements as diligently as the Jackson family has over many years.

“T&R Pastoral would like to thank John Jackson for his cooperation during the sale process and wish him and his family every success.

“This is great day for regional NSW and Queensland with the townships of Tamworth and Wallangarra sure to receive a boost in employment and their respective economies.”

JSA Jackson Group chairman John Jackson said both he and his son Graham were proud to pass the company on to a true Australian family-owned operation.

“Industry needs rationalisation and we believe this takeover by the Thomas family will drive the whole meat industry forward in Australia and overseas,” Mr Jackson said.

“The meat industry over the past 50 years has been very good to our family and we have thoroughly enjoyed every part of our companies’ expansion over this period.”

Mr Jackson attributed his family’s success to a number of factors but there was one important point.

“The meat business is all about people; we could not have built this business to where it is today without the support our employees,” he said.

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