New plant sound investment

Rebecca TurnerCountryman
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Talloman’s new red meat rendering facility in Hazelmere was officially opened last week by Agriculture Minister Terry Redman.

The $10 million investment by the Craig Mostyn Group (CMG) is a significant move by the company to deliver continuous improvements in the industry.

“In the globally competitive marketplace for food and agricultural produce, this forward thinking, cost reduction and attention to meeting customer demands is critical for WA companies to maintain hard earned successes against strong market competition and position themselves to take advantage of new opportunities, ” Mr Redman said.

He said the new technology will not only improve meal recovery and tallow and meal quality, but also save fuel costs of more than $1 million a year.

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The low temperature rendering plant, using waste heat evaporation, was commissioned after a global search by CMG.

The technology delivers a 40 per cent reduction in gas usage, significant improvement in waste water quality, improved product quality and reduced use of chemicals, carbon dioxide emissions, water treatment costs and electricity in the waste water treatment plant.

Talloman divisional manager, Greg Lott, said low temperature rendering also significantly reduces odour emissions as the temperature in the process is insufficient to create volatilisation of organic compounds which create odour in traditional high temperature rendering.

The new plant will process about 100,000 tonnes a year of abattoir and boning room waste products and produce useable products such as meat and bone meal and tallow.

The complex will also process 20 tonnes per hour of mixed abattoir and boning room material, effectively servicing the majority of the WA red meat industry from Gingin in the north, Tammin in the east, the South West as far as Bunbury, plus metropolitan retail and wholesale operations.

CMG chairman, Jim Kennedy, said several years ago CMG’s Talloman business was at crossroads, incurring costs in keeping a very old plant operational.

“The board agreed to stay in the rendering business and invest $10 million and the opening of our rendering plant is the result of a decision which underlines our ongoing commitment to WA’s meat industry, ” Mr Kennedy said.

He said while CMG farmed and processed Linley Valley Fresh Pork, the company is also a major exporter and importer of seafood, marketer of food service products, trader in protein and exporter of fresh fruit, but one of the Group’s main businesses is in service rendering, providing an indispensable foundation for livestock industries in WA.

“That is why we are here to open our new plant with a higher capacity that will deliver environmental outcomes that meet community expectations, ” Mr Kennedy said.

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