AACo’s state-of-the-art 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 facility has the capacity to process up to 1000 head of cattle a day. The facility produces export beef, hides and rendered products.

Cattle Supply

Livingstone Beef sources cattle throughout the Northern Territory, including as far south as Alice Springs. AACo’s cattle buyers look from the Kimberley to Western Queensland, depending on the availability of cattle. The facility also has the future capacity to process buffalo.

To discuss supply please contact Steven Pocock (Northern Supply Manager) on [email protected] or 1800 CATTLE or 1800 22 8853.

Cattle will be programmed to be processed within 24 hours from arrival to the site. If for any reason this does not occur, the facility has the capacity to feed cattle on site. Water will be available, but it will be the producer’s responsibility to negotiate any additional rehydration, agistment or spelling if required.

AACo will maintain regular communication with suppliers through AACo World On-Line, which will act like an online portal. All kill feedback and carcass performance will be available online with access to historical kill data. Benchmarking against the total processed for each market category will also be available for producers. Contract information will also be accessible to assist with tracking of open and closed contracts.

This is a best-practice operation, using resources in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.

Employment Opportunities

The AACo Northern Beef Processing Facility will be one of the largest employers in the Darwin rural area, employing up to 350 people during peak periods of production.

There is a preference to employ highly-motivated local people and this includes Indigenous employees. A major support component around employment, will be the on-going training and up-skilling programs being offered to successful applicants.

There will be a few highly skilled positions available, including:

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

Along with a large number of semi-skilled roles for people without previous experience in Beef Processing including:

  • General Process Workers
  • Meat Trimmers and Slicers
  • Meat Packers
  • Freezer / Coldstore Workers
  • Stockmen
  • 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

As a state-of-the art beef processing facility, Livingstone Beef uses 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.

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.

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Working with the Community

As one of the largest employers in the Darwin rural area, AACo is mindful that it needs to ensure open communication between itself and the broader community.

AACo has established a Community Reference Group to facilitate open 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 regular basis, the Community Reference Group is a way for the community to connect with the facility as well as find out about what is happening.

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

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Members of the Community Reference Group


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


  • Steve Rutter (Plant manager)
  • Dave Sneddon (Chief engineer)
  • Naomi Wilson (Environmental Manager)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is conducting the ground and surface water sampling?
Water sampling is being conducted by environmental consultant EcOz, which is a Darwin-based company.

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

Will environmental information be available to the community?
Yes. We will be making our water monitoring information available to the Community Reference Group as well as putting it on our website.

What happens with the sediment from the water treatment plant?
Sediments from the water treatment plant are recycled and used in the rendering plant.

What happens with the paunch and manure?
These are 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, although we appreciate the difficulties in achieving this.

If you are going to get rid of the gamba grass, what will cattle feed on?
Lucerne and other suitable grasses. Our farm manager is putting together a program for growing this on site. We may also be able to make this available to other AACo properties.

Can the community be informed when aerial weed spraying is being carried out?
We are mindful that the community would like to be informed about aerial weed spraying and will let the public know beforehand when we are conducting spraying through our community updates. 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.


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. These are cattle that will be processed into beef products. They are held in very secure yards behind solid barriers.

Parts of the 600 ha property will continue to be used for general farming and an experienced farm manager will be employed for this purpose. It is estimated that around 1200 cattle will be grazed on the property as part of farm management. Our farm manager will be consulting with neighbours.

Will local people be able to get their animals processed at the facility?
Yes, although probably not in the early commissioning phase.

Will the processed beef be sold locally?
Not at this stage. Meat products will generally be boxed beef for the export market. This does not preclude the company taking up future opportunities in the domestic market.

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.

Is there an opportunity to process quality cattle at the facility?
Yes. The facility has been designed for this.


What is happening about the community hall and child care centre?
We are still committed to these facilities because we believe they are important to the community as well as our ability to employ local people. We are continuing to work with a range of organisations on funding and management models. We have set aside land for these facilities on site before you cross the railway line but are not against other nearby options if they are more suitable.

The company is very keen to establish a child care centre which would be available to both employees and others living in the area. We are continuing to pursue a range of options, including gifting land and providing access to services such as water and power for any operator.

Has there been any progress on establishing an ambulance station?
Again, this is a facility we are keen to progress and we are continuing discussions with a number of organisations.

Will the community centre be available to the community?
That is our intention.

Will you consider supporting local shows so we see more livestock entered in them in the future?
Yes – although probably not in the early commissioning phase. Once we are operational that is certainly something we are interested in. We want to celebrate our cattle producers.

If you have a community centre on site, will this be available to the public?
Yes. If the community centre goes ahead it will be on the highway side of the railway line and would be available to the broader community.