LEITCH Pastoral Group announced today they would be indefinitely extending the shutdown at the Killarney Abattoir and Pittsworth Processing Plants. In a closed meeting at Killarney Abattoir at midday Mr Leitch emphasised he was confident the plant would reopen. The news of an extended shut down was greeted with anger and disbelief by the 130 Killarney meatworkers now effectively in limbo indefinitely. In the meantime Mr Leitch said the group had employed the services of Brisbane-based management consultant Grant Thornton. Mr Leitch said the consultants were expected to spend the next week working through the situation at both plants in an attempt to start a debt collection program. "I am anticipating Grant Thornton's group will be able to give us an indication by the end of next week of when we may be able to consider reopening the plants. But I will not make any promises," Mr Leitch said.