Covid closes Smithton abattoir

THE Greenham abattoir at Smithton, which processes more than 2500 head a week, will reopen on Monday after suspending operations early this week because of a Covid outbreak among workers.

Greenham Group general manager Tom Maguire said the move to suspend operations was to protect workers.

“We are aware of a significant number of Coronavirus cases within the local Circular Head community,” Mr Maguire said.

“To protect our people, we have decided to close our Tasmanian facility this week as a precaution.

“We will be reopening on Monday, February 7 for business as usual.”

Greenham sells its prime boxed beef under the Cape Grim Beef (Tasmanian cattle only) and Pure Black Angus brands.

It also processes and co-markets the Robbins Island Wagyu brand in association with the Hammond family.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union understand there are 48 workers at the Smithton plant who tested positive to Covid in an outbreak that started on the slaughter floor.

Greenham has activated a range of mitigation measures, this includes monitoring, reviewing and managing responses to the evolving Covid situation.