KI artisan meat feasibility study begins with success

KI artisan meat feasibility study begins with success

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Initial consultations for the Kangaroo Island artisan meat feasibility study has led to calls from Fleurieu producers to be included.

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Initial consultations for the Kangaroo Island artisan meat feasibility study has led to calls from Fleurieu producers to be included.

The study is underway to assess how locally grown and processed red meat can feed the island, and initial consultations have been successful.

Minister Whetstone said initial consultations have been successful.

The state government has partnered with Livestock SA to commit almost $30,000 to appoint BDO EconSearch to conduct an independent feasibility study.

Mr Whetstone said the study was an important step following positive public feedback to a discussion paper released late last year.

"We received overwhelming feedback and there is strong demand for local livestock to be processed on the island," he said.

"The feasibility study to determine whether there is a clear path forward for small scale meat processing on KI, saving local farmers thousands of dollars."

BDO EconSearch will consult with industry stakeholders, industry associations, KI Council, potential providers, butchers, restaurants and hotels located on the island.

Key areas to be considered as part of the feasibility study for artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island include: current distribution of meat and meat products, outlook for livestock production, current and future demand for locally produced meat and meat products and construction and operating costs of alternative meat processing facilities.

"In a separate but complementary process, my department will accept submissions from businesses, industry associations and local government on the Fleurieu Peninsula and elsewhere, and will assess those against the findings of the BDO Econsearch Kangaroo Island feasibility study, which is due to be finalised in May," Mr Whetstone said.

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