NSA calls for action on abattoirs
Whilst the National Sheep Association (NSA) says it welcomed several recommendations made in the recent report ‘The Future for Small Abattoirs in the UK,’ it is saddened by the news that a further 12 small/low throughput abattoirs have been lost during the two-year period the report took to produce.
NSA chief executive, Phil Stocker, commented: “This is a crucial report that comes at a time when big decisions are being made regarding food and farming policy. Covid-19 has shown that localised meat supply chains retailing through farm shops, butchers, and home deliveries, provide resilience, choice, and service to consumers.
“They also giving the chance to add value, retain margins, and create a close relationship with the public, for producers. Many farm shops have reported meat sales up by a factor of three or four during this period and there are clear opportunities to be gained by holding onto this growth as we move forward, and potentially growing further.”
NSA is concerned this thriving area would not be able to sustain without use of smaller and local abattoirs. Stocker added: “This can’t be done without sufficient abattoir facilities that provide a high quality and affordable local service. There is no doubt that most people who choose to buy their meat locally also want to see the entire supply chain as local as possible. This report highlights key actions that need to be taken to retain, and expand where appropriate, abattoirs facilities.
“With many small and low throughput abattoirs having been lost, and those remaining still under immense pressure, the only thing more crucial than this report is to get its recommendations implemented quickly.”