Discussion held over use of mobile abattoirs in Cotswolds

A discussion has been held over the use of mobile abattoirs in the Cotswolds.

Ministers visited Fir Farm, Lower Swell, near Stow-on-the-Wold last week to discuss the regulations surrounding small and mobile abattoirs.

In attendance were Lord Benyon and Minister Prentis from DEFRA, Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the head of the Food Standards Agency and senior civil servants.

Lady Parker, the owner of Fir Farm, has recently purchased a mobile abattoir. Portable abattoirs have potential animal welfare benefits, with cattle, sheep, and pigs being slaughtered close to where they are raised and reducing potentially hundreds of miles of unnecessary and distressing travel for the animals.

The regulation surrounding mobile abattoirs is currently complex and uncertain due to the transition between EU to UK law. At the moment a separate licence for every different location it would operate in.

Work is being carried out to try to simplify the regulations.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: “It was a pleasure to have this very high powered delegation into the constituency to consider the regulations around mobile abattoirs.

“This could have potentially huge benefits for Cotswolds farmers and well beyond. I will be following this closely in Parliament.”

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