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Plains Producer, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
More new homes on way
NEWS Balaklava & District
BUTCHER SHOP CHANGES OWNERSHIP:
KEYS to the kingdom – Marc vanKleef hands over the shop keys to new owner, Richard Arthur,
and INSET, Marc takes the chopper to his specially made farewell cake on Saturday.
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AFTER 38 years of carefully
carving creative and quality cuts for
local tables, butcher Marc vanKleef
on Monday officially handed over
the keys to his Marc’s Meats store
in George streeet, Balaklava.
Richard Arthur, a former ap-
prentice of Marc, has taken over,
renaming the shop Balaklava Qual-
Richard has retuned to Balak-
lava with his family– wife Megan,
and children Bailey, 9, Tylah, 8,
Mia, 5 and Alexa, 2, after working
for Coles for about 12 years as a
meat manager, spending the past
few years in Darwin.
Marc completed his apprentice-
ship locally and then took over
from Vern Atyeo a little more than
25 years ago.
As with any industry, change
and progress over that time has
been noticeable and the butchering
game is no different.
“When I first started out, eve-
rything was totally manual,” Marc
“The industry has dramatically
changed with all the new automated
processing and the hygiene laws
coming in, which wasn’t a big deal
freak. I’ve had 13 apprentices who
can vouch for that.
“The produce has also evolved
over time as people are busy, so
they’re looking to make things that
are quick and easy.”
One of those products is the
Chicken in Pastry, which Marc be-
lieves has been the store’s flagship
product, which will still be available
after the handover.
It’s the widely distanced skills of
both creating something delicious
behind closed doors and serving
customers at the front of the store
with energy and enthusiasm that
Marc will miss most.
“I’ll miss producing a quality
product and teaching apprentices
how to be real butchers,” he said.
“I really do like teaching and
passing on the trade to others, so it’s
great Richard is taking over as well.
“All butchers are always friendly
people, who like a bit of a joke.
“You do get close to your cus-
tomers and get to know their needs.
“I see a lot of people quite regu-
larly and I guess over time it does
build that relationship.
The memories of Mandy Tiller
stepping into the shop as a child
come flooding in when she brings
her own daughter, Mikaela, in
for a piece of fritz, while Grace
Guthberg, daughter of Dustin and
Bridget, is another fritz regular.
“It’s a good marketing tool and
I’d think a lot of people would have
memories of going to the butcher
as a child and getting some fritz,”
Grace returned the favour re-
cently when she presented Marc
with a box of chocolates.
The cheerful butcher, widely
known for his great sense of humour
and friendly demeanour, still has
plenty of spark and a happy, hope-
ful gaze washes over his face when
asked what the future holds for him.
“It’s an exciting time for us to
be able to spend more time with
the family and with a young family
to take it over, it felt like the right
thing to do,” Marc said.
“Being in small business is a
massive commitment, so it is hard
to get away properly.
“I’ll probably enjoy a bit of
time off and relax for a while but
I’ll still be around a little bit to
support Richard through the transi-
“With my own children, Sam
and Sophie, I’ve probably missed
a lot of their younger years as well.
“Now, when Sam says ‘hey
dad, let’s go fishing’, I’ll be able
to do that.”
Marc to enjoy a
new slice of life
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“In keeping with other houses
in Wattle Ridge, the new homes
will have a different design and
floor plans to those in Wattle
Grove,” Mr Day explained.
Mr Day said after some eight
years, it is great to see the way
Wattle Ridge and Wattle Grove
have turned out.
“It is a pity (the late) Phil
Barry is not around to see the
completion of the project, as
he was a great supporter of it,”
“Phil was a terrific Wakefield
Regional Council CEO and we
will always be appreciative of
his commitment to the project
from the start.
way, in his mind’s eye all those
PIRSAhas reported a rapid increase
in the demand for straw to meet RSPCA
requirements for chicken meat produc-
tion in the Lower North district.
The claim in the latest Crop and Pas-
ture Report suggested excess residual
straw following harvest was now a
sought-after and cost-effective product
for chicken producers to line the floors
of their sheds.
PIRSA grains ac-
count manager, Dave
Lewis, explained the
its Approved Farming
The likes of pig
and poultry producers
have certain stand-
ards to meet before
their products can be classified and
marked as RSPCA Approved meat in
Straw bedding is part of those re-
quirements for pork producers, while
straw is a suitable litter option for
With 158 chicken sheds built in the
Wakefield Regional Council district
alone, a further 30 approved for con-
struction and another six under assess-
ment, local supplies of straw required
for litter could be tested.
Unlike hay, which is widely used
for stock feed, straw has little nutrient
value, meaning it is scarcely used as
feed and more so in mulch for both
gardens and crops alike.
“This is likely to make chicken litter
(manure) uneconomic as a fertiliser,
due to the lower nutrient content and
high cost of spreading,” Mr Lewis
“The increased demand for straw
could also impact soil cover as the
area baled for straw
While the idea
of baling straw and
selling it for chicken
litter or pig bedding
appears to be a fairly
attractive option for
farmers, Mr Lewis
straw from paddocks
was not without its risks.
“Farmers will need to weigh up
when they can and can’t do it, as straw
is also vital for the protection of the
soil,” he said.
“Depending on the season, some
straw should be retained to maintain
fertility levels as well.”
Wind erosion remains a constant
risk as well, straw providing ample
protection to prevent damage and drift
from strong gusts.
“Growers need to be sure if they
are going to bale straw and stubble,
that they leave sufficient coverage to
retain the topsoil,” Mr Lewis advised.
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