Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battling Butchers Raise the Steaks; Aratula Business Picks Up despite Tough Conditions

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battling Butchers Raise the Steaks; Aratula Business Picks Up despite Tough Conditions

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Byline: Sam Gunders qt@qt.com.au

OPENING a business is tough at the best of times but for Kane Lutter and Marshall Chalk it has been tougher than for most.

The pair opened the Aratula Butchery in November 2012 in the face of floods and the Cunningham Gap closure choking the small town's retailers.

To raise the steaks Kane and Marshall don't just manage the shop - they farm their own cattle.

Kane Lutter said business had been getting better but it was a struggle to begin with.

"For months we didn't get any pay. We had to pay our staff so we paid them and we paid our suppliers and all that, but we went for months without pay," Mr Lutter said.

"Lucky the wife's working."

The tough times aren't over yet, with the Scenic Rim region officially drought declared since August.

"Having to buy feed and keeping a good supply of cattle is pretty hard. …

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