BACKING LOCAL: Boodles Meats butcher Peter Boodle would like it if he could buy his meat directly from Rockhampton.
BACKING LOCAL: Boodles Meats butcher Peter Boodle would like it if he could buy his meat directly from Rockhampton. Chris Ison ROK251115cjobs1

Rocky businesses discuss their beef with sourcing local meat

LIKE many Rockhampton butchers and restaurants, Boodles Meats butcher Peter Boodle said he sources his meat from wholesalers and distributors all over the East Coast.

Mr Boodle said he buys "from brokers who can give me the beast deals and quality so as I can pass on the low costs to my customers, and yes, some is local.”

He said this meant his locally sold meat made the excessive round trip journey from Rockhampton to Brisbane and back to Rockhampton.

"The two meatworks in Rockhampton are both export and domestic. The domestic meat is shipped to meat brokers whom we deal with in Brisbane and alternatively it is shipped back to us. If we were to deal locally it would save two freight charges if we were able to pick it up ourselves,” he said.

"We do sell Rocky beef from Melrina and Dr Johnson out of Brisbane.”

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Korte's Resort general manager Brad Korte said he wished his restaurant had local beef to sell, given that locals and travellers expected it when eating meat at the Beef Capital, but said it would all come down to economics for the meatworks.

Brad Korte at Korte's Resort in Parkhurst where they are exapanding the site to include a 400 seat function venue.
WANTING LOCAL BEEF: Korte's Resort general manager Brad Korte at Korte's Resort in Parkhurst. Chris Ison ROK210617ckortes1

Korte's Resort currently obtains its beef through a local butcher and an Australian-owned national supplier, PFD.

"As we only use a premium grade beef, supply from the 'local' producers can be difficult to keep up with demand,” he said.

"Unfortunately the food supply chain has created a market where regional areas obtain 'most' produce from the large cities.”

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Mr Korte used an example of a sweet potato farm only 10km from Korte's and yet that same sweet potato travels to the market outside Brisbane and then back to Rockhampton.

"This is no different for all produce, including beef,” he said.

"The majority of the higher grade beef comes from the southern areas of Australia compared to the more harsh, drier regions in Central and Northern Australia.

"Well-known brand Cape Grimm comes from Tasmania ... in saying this, however, we do have local brands like Acton, Banana Station and Comisky beef.”