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Mackay meatworks reopens after Debbie’s destruction

The Borthwicks (NH Foods) meat processing facility  meatworks at Bakers Creek near Mackay has reopened after Tropical Cyclone Debbie’s impact last week.

The abattoir closed its business last Tuesday as TC Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach, said a report in Queensland Country Life.

“What was left in the cold rooms before Cyclone Debbie was processed on Monday and we commenced a normal processing shift on Tuesday,” Borthwicks livestock manager Malcolm Kinman said.

“We lost power for only eight hours, so we were fairly lucky during the cyclone activity this time.”

“Some of the roads in the region are badly damaged and transporting cattle could be difficult in the short term,” he said.

“Numbers will be reduced during the processing shifts, but I think we will battle through until this Friday,” Kinman told Queensland Country Life.

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