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Oakey Beef Exports Water Resource Sustainability

Project start date: 15 July 2016
Project end date: 28 May 2019
Publication date: 15 July 2019
Project status: In progress
Livestock species: Grassfed cattle, Grainfed cattle
Relevant regions: Queensland
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​This project assessed water efficiency, water supply risk, water savings initiatives and irrigation management tools/options for the Oakey Beef Exports (OBEX) meat processing facility in the Darling Downs region of Queensland.

The project identified and defined several water savings initiatives for the OBEX facility and determined plausible timeframes for implementation. These included installation of flow restrictors on sterilisers in the boning room and automated clean in place belt wash units to ensure water efficient operation.

Overall, it was clear from project investigations that source water availability and quality can constrain meat processing from the "source" end, and that sustainable management of irrigated effluent can constrain meat processing from the "sink" end. Water savings initiatives and improved water efficiency can address both these constraints to enable sustainable red meat processing.

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Primary researcher: Oakey Beef Exports Pty Ltd