Small abattoirs facing increasing pressure: What is the future of local meat?

Is the UK’s network of small abattoirs on the brink of collapse? Having lost more than sixty small abattoirs over the past decade, the UK was down to just 108 small red meat abattoirs at the start of this year. Since then, and despite efforts to address some of the problems, a further three have closed. Many more are seriously struggling to stay in business and without urgent action from the Government, we are likely to see a catastrophic loss of small abattoirs across the country. This would have a devastating impact on the future of local food and sustainable farming systems.

Martin Evans, FSA, addresses meeting

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