Meat has been a traditional export commodity for New Zealand and also services our domestic market.  Beef, sheep and venison generate the most revenue. This industry includes abattoir operation, meat packaging and freezing, and cured meat/small good manufacturing.

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Meat processing takes place across all regions in the Top of the South, with three of the main players of the industry having a presence in Nelson/Tasman, Marlborough and Hokitika (West Coast.)

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Meat Processing

Meat processing work is factory-based and involves processing (e.g. boning, cutting, filleting), grading and packaging the meat. You’ll also operate processing machinery/knives and complete general day to day duties like cleaning.

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