TOOWOOMBA-based beef cattle company Mort & Co was named Queensland’s Best Regional Exporter for a second year in a row at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards overnight.

The Darling Downs business, which already exports close to 7500 tonnes of its branded beef to 13 countries world-wide annually, now has its sights set on finding international markets for its new stockfeeds and organic fertiliser products.

Both ventures are Australian-first initiatives, with Mort & Co currently exploring opportunities for both products to be sold overseas.

Mort & Co’s Charlie Mort, Qld Agriculture Minister Mark Furner and Mort & Co CEO Stephen O’Brien at the Export Awards. IMAGE: Supplied

Mort & Co CEO Stephen O’Brien said the Regional Exporter award was an immense honour and a testament to the quality of exporting businesses emerging from regional areas.

“There are more than 7,000 Queensland companies exporting their product to the world and 40% of those are from regional areas across our state,” O’Brien said.

“With so many great businesses in our regions, tonight’s achievement is a phenomenal success for our team and for our region.

“For Mort & Co, operating internationally has meant a new level of innovation and it’s astounding to see so many fellow exporters raising the bar in this space.

“With the calibre of nominees growing, Mort & Co faces an exceptionally challenging level of competition, making these achievements all the more significant for our business.”

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It’s another prestigious award for the company, which is the nation’s largest privately owned lot feeder, after it was was named Australia’s Regional Exporter of the year in 2022.

Mort & Co expanded its geographical footprint into Central Queensland this year, pushing ahead with the development of a 36,500 head feedlot and fertiliser plant at Gogango, west of Rockhampton.

Mort & Co Executive Chairman, Charlie Mort, said last night’s award was a reflection of the hard work and dedication applied by everyone in the company.

“This award is not only ours. It is an award that should be celebrated by our communities – particularly the Darling Downs and Western Downs regions and our network of producer partners who are based all over Australia,” Mort said.

“Tonight’s achievement not only reflects positively on Mort & Co, but also our complementary services, valued supply partners and globally positioned customers, right down to our local communities and economies.”

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