Colac meat producer growing jobs

Australian Lamb Company’s Mick Bird says the lamb producer is bucking employment trends in Colac.

Australian Lamb Company’s Mick Bird says the lamb producer is bucking employment trends in Colac.

COLAC’S lamb production company is bucking the district’s employment trends, and reaching record numbers for lamb processing.

The latest Department of Employment figures, from the June quarter, showed Colac’s jobless rate had risen by a full percentage point to 8.4 per cent.

But Australian Lamb Company’s plant manager Mick Bird said the lamb producer was continuing to offer jobs to workers.

“We continue to look for the right people to work in our business,” Mr Bird said.

“Our employee numbers are strong,” he said.

Mr Bird said this year’s spring lamb season had provided a “bumper year” with “plenty of animals around”.

“We have been having consistently strong numbers in the season, with record numbers,” Mr Bird said.

“We’ve been hiring all the way through that period, we hire internally, through our recruitment co-ordinator,” he said.

“We have jobs for people, we want people to work here, if they meet the criteria, we have a process that people have to go through.”

Mr Bird said the lamb producing company had experienced a “slight dip” in employment figures through May and June, but said the dip was “seasonal”.

“The business itself is performing well, it is expanding,” he said.

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