John Dee back after blackout

SPECIALIST electrical contractors worked around the clock to get John Dee Abattoir up and running yesterday.

The processing plant was forced to stand down meatworkers for two shifts on Monday after electrical control panels were damaged during a blackout on Sunday night.

Yesterday John Dee Warwick’s production manager Warren Stiff confirmed the plant had returned to full production.

“Control panels at the works were damaged by an electrical spike during Sunday night’s blackout,” Mr Stiff said.

“We had to source specialist parts from interstate, then electrical contractors worked through Monday night to ensure we could restart production yesterday.”

Mr Stiff said meatworkers who were temporarily stood down for two shifts at the start of the week would receive their regular pay packet.

“Our agreement covers normal stand-downs for break-downs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Stiff said sourcing quality grain-fed cattle for export processing remained tight.

“The economics of feeding cattle aren’t encouraging, but for the moment we have a reliable network supplying us.”



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