History: The “Air Beef” Scheme in Northwest Australia

Reprinted from the June 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The “Air Beef” Scheme in Northwest Australia
By R. W. Blake, Canadian Agricultural Secretary, Melbourne, Australia

‘In the Kimberley district of northwest Australia, a scheme has been under way for the past three years whereby cattle from the isolated ranches of the interior are slaughtered locally and the beef is freighted out by plane to the port of Wyndham, which is 180 air miles distant. Prior to this development herds had to be driven over an arduous 300 mile route with loss of cattle, and a deterioration in the condition and value of those which survived. This journey could be undertaken only with the strong, mature cattle, and in consequences the old stock was left to die on the ranches.’

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