AACo’s Livingstone Beef processing facility is situated at Livingstone Valley, 50km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Livingstone Beef was officially opened by the Hon. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia on Saturday 21 February 2015.

The shift capacity is to process up to 500 head of livestock a day.

The facility produces export beef, hides and rendered products, as well as buffalo and donkey.

Livestock Supply

Northern producers are invited to provide cattle of all types to be processed through our beef facility. We buy livestock every week. We process cattle and buffalo from the Northern Territory and Kimberley and as far as some Queensland and South Australian producers.

The Livingstone supply team source cattle all year round. We purchase cattle from producers with one head to many thousand and work with all agents or we can buy direct from producers that prefer this.

We offer purchase contracts based on either Live Weight or a Hot Standard Carcase Weight at our processing facility. We are happy to work with producers with short term delivery options or on a forward contract basis. Carcass feedback is provided with all Hot Standard Carcass Weight (HSCW) purchases.

We use and require the highest standards of animal welfare practices throughout our supply chain.

Livingstone Beef has various cattle receiving options, whether it is direct to the facility, or one of our other transit facilities, including other commonly used sale depot locations.

Someone from the team is always traveling and would be happy to drop in and discuss options for your sale cattle.

Please contact Steven or Will to arrange a visit.

Steven Pocock: 0409 723 432 – Livingstone Supply Manager
Ben Larsen: 0428 508 709 – Logistics Manager
Will Schmidt: 0429 163 281 – Livestock Buyer
Tianee Richardson: 0419 627 730 – Livingstone Supply Coordinator

General inquiries, all livestock invoices and weigh dockets
Phone: 1800 CATTLE or 1800 228853
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 08 8978 4191

Employment Opportunities

Livingstone Beef is one of the larger employers in the Darwin rural area, employing up to 220 people.

We welcome highly-motivated local people.

We require a range of skill levels from highly skilled positions including:

  • Qualified Beef Butchers and Boners
  • Qualified Tradesmen
  • Compliance / Technical Processing Staff

To semi-skilled roles for people without previous experience in beef processing including:

  • General Process Workers
  • Meat Trimmers and Slicers
  • Meat Packers
  • Freezer / Coldstore Workers
  • Stock Persons
  • Cleaners
  • Administration Staff

Applications can be lodged via our online form.
Please note applications will not be accepted from recruitment agencies.

To view current opportunities and to apply online please click here.

The Environment

Livingstone Beef is building the latest technology and innovation to minimise environmental impact. The facility takes into consideration environmental aspects of carbon, water, electricity, gas and waste within the site. All processing matter is treated and contained within the site.

The location of the plant means there is a minimum one kilometre buffer between the site and any neighbouring houses. All water used on the site comes from town supplies and is not sourced from the local water table.

Odour Audit Part A
 Odour Audit Part B
Odour Audit Part C
Odour Audit Part D
Odour Management Plan
OMP Appendix C – Standard Operating Procedures
Audit Appendix G – AQIA

Working with the Community

Livingstone has a Community Reference Group to facilitate communication between the management of the Beef Processing Facility and the broader community.

The Group’s membership is drawn from the community around the site, Litchfield Shire Council and technical expertise within AACo.

Meeting on a quarterly basis, the Community Reference Group is one of the ways for the community to connect with the facility as well as find out about what is happening. Alternatively information can be emailed to [email protected]

You can sign up to receive Community Updates in the form to the right.

View past Community Newsletters below.

Members of the Community Reference Group


  • Gavin Chambers
  • TS Lee
  • Anna Malgorzewicz
  • Sally Isberg
  • Mary Pocock
  • Brooke Rankmore


  • Tony McCormack (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Grahame Coker (Maintenance Manager)
  • Patrick Vandewinkel (Processing Manager)
  • Naomi Wilson (Environmental Manager)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is conducting the ground and surface water sampling?
Water sampling is conducted Quarterly by a trained environmental officer.

Does the public have access to the collected results?
Results will be available through the relevant Government Departments and the website.

Is environmental information available to the community?
Yes. Our water monitoring information is available to the Community Reference Group and on our website.

What happens with the sediment and paunch material from the water treatment plant?
Sediment from the water treatment plant is removed and disposed of as solids.

What happens with the manure?
Manure is dried and then sent off site to be used as fertiliser.

What will be gamba grass policy for the site?
Our policy is to completely eradicate gamba grass from the site over the long term. This involves use of lashing, grazing and herbicides. We have had good early success.

If you are going to get rid of the gamba grass, what will cattle feed on?
Tully, Jarrah and other native grasses. We also produce hay which is used in our transit facilities.

Can the community be informed when aerial weed spraying is being carried out?
We use aerial sprays as a normal part of our land management practices and will provide notices of spraying activities close to boundaries on the website. Be aware that there are other properties in the area that also conduct weed spraying and we are not in a position to let the public know about them.

Where is the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) up to?
The $8.5 million upgrade of the WWTP is nearing completion and will be commissioned in August.


How many cattle will be on site at any one time and how will you ensure they do not escape into neighbouring properties?
There will be a maximum of 2000 cattle within the controlled area of the facility at any one time. They are held in very secure yards.

Will local people be able to get their animals processed at the facility?

Will the processed beef be sold locally?
Yes, but mainly for export.

How much processing of cattle hides will take place on site?
The hides will be salted on site and exported for tanning.

Do you have established markets for the hides?
Yes. There is no shortage of markets for hides.