Thomas Borthwick & Sons

Thomas Borthwick & Sons (Borthwicks) has been an integral part of the Australian meat processing industry since its inception in 1905. Its products are world-renowned for their quality and consistency, and the Borthwicks brand is one of the long established names in the Australian export meat industry.

The plant is major source of employment for Mackay and surrounding districts and is always looking at opportunities to support the local community.

In 1964, the Queensland Government built the original plant and in 1970 the plant was purchased by Thomas Borthwick & Sons who in 1978 embarked on a major expansion plan to double the capacity of the plant.

NH Foods became sole proprietors in 1994. The plant specialises in pasture and grain fed cattle processing which is then sent to various countries such as Japan, Europe Union, Asia, Middle East, China and the Americas.

Aerial view of the Thomas Borthwick & Sons Abattoir at Bakers Creek, Mackay Queensland, Australia.



A fully owned subsidiary of NH Foods Australia, Thomas Borthwick & Sons is a fully integrated beef abattoir that processes Short-Hair Brahman and Brahman Cross cattle, both pasture and grain fed.


Livestock is sourced from the Central Highlands and Coalfields through to the Atherton Tablelands, North Western Districts onto the Gulf of Carpentaria. Most livestock are purchased on a hot standard carcass weight and grade basis.

This enables the optimisation of the animal’s welfare by minimalising handling of cattle from paddock to plate. Also, Thomas Borthwick & Sons has representation at all major saleyards in Central and North Queensland.

Quality Assurance

Thomas Borthwick & Sons has a fully integrated Quality Assurance system in place based on HACCP principles and is overseen by the Australian Government (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) and other regulatory bodies. Also meeting the requirements of;

Aus-Meat A+

  • British Retail Corporation (BRC)
  • Australian Renderers Association
  • Meat Standards Australia (MSA)
  • Safe Food Queensland

The QA system is operated under an approved arrangement in conjunction with

  • Australian Government (Establishment Number 67)
  • Animal Welfare Certification Program
  • Environment and Heritage Protection.


Thomas Borthwick & Sons is currently supplying meat and beef co-products to many destinations around the world. The Company is listed to export; Japan, Europe Union, Asia, Middle East, China, United States of America and many other countries. Thomas Borthwick & Sons is registered for the following certifications;

  • Halal

Thomas Borthwick & Sons supplies the domestic meat market through a fully owned subsidiary Beef Producers Australia (BPA).

How to sell Cattle

Please contact any buyer to book cattle for processing and or cattle appraisal.


Kerry Flynn
Livestock Buyer
Bakers Creek, Mackay


Malcolm Kinman
Livestock Manager
Bakers Creek, Mackay

How to sell Cattle

Thomas Borthwick & Sons has a Livestock Manager and a team of three livestock buyers.
Please contact any buyer to book cattle for processing and or cattle appraisal.

Malcolm Kinman
Livestock Manager,
Bakers Creek, Mackay
07 4952 8868
0427 521 377

Kerry Flynn
Livestock Buyer,
Bakers Creek, Mackay
07 4952 8868
0448 528 826

Scott Sheahan
Livestock Buyer,
0488 747 979

Peter Wigginton
Livestock Buyer, Gracemere
near Rockhampton
0438 331 670

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