Mobile abattoirs - viability and sustainability: report

The findings of a study carried out to determine whether or not mobile slaughter units (MSUs) would be viable in Scotland.




3 QMS, The Scottish Red Meat Industry Profile, 2018

4 Adapted from Google Maps:

5 QMS, online source:


7 Charlie Mason, HAS.

8 The “one-year standstill” interpretation was checked with RESAS and is not considered to be applicable. Standstill periods were provided and are outlined in Section 3.2.2



11 Contact has been made with the Skye and Lochalsh Community Feasibility Group, but the consultation is outstanding at the current time.



14 Consultation with ABA Chem

15 Online source:

16 Online source:






22 The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) evolved into DEFRA, with devolved responsibilities in Scotland.

23 Scottish Government data for 2018.

24 It is also understood (discussion with Orkney butcher) that around September to November there would be demand for the slaughter of circa 250 rare breed sheep (North Ronaldsay).

25 One of the respondents answering “no” operates an island abattoir and has concerns about the impacts of MSUs on business.

26 FSS, webpage:

27 Assumed that the cost of the MSU without chill capacity (one tractor + trailer) is 67% of the £922,727 (one tractor plus the MSU trailer and chill trailer).

28 Costs based on exchange rate of 1.1 Euros to 1.0 Pounds Sterling.

29 Online source:

30 Jun-Sep’18. Base: 3,633 British supermarket shoppers / 107 fresh red meat shoppers

31 IGD ShopperVista, 31st Aug – 2nd Sep’18. Base: 2,055 British grocery shoppers

32 This was discussed with the APHA as a potential way of defining timescales for collection of ABP waste.

33 Guidance on how gut content can be spread to land is available at:

34 German government sub-group on “Meat and poultry meat hygiene and technical issues concerning food of animal origin” (AFFL)

35 Yukon Agricultural Association Conceptual Site Plan, October 8, 2014

36 Enscape have not been able to source UK based customer demand research to date. However the Australian research referenced by Provenir will be requested (if not commercially confidential).

37 Reports are available.

38 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, “Is Mobile Abattoir Beneficial for Meat Quality?”, Katarina Arvidsson Segerkvist, Jan Hultgren, Karin Wallin, Anne Larsen and Anders H. Karlsson*, SE-531 32 Skara, Sweden

39 FSS, webpage:

40 Source:

41 Source:

42, Same procedure used (developed by Halsingestintan)

43 FAO, 2008, Abattoir Development – Options and Designs for Hygienic Basic and Medium-Sized Abattoirs. Source:

44 Extract from Soil Association Standard

45 List from 2016 Enscape report on Fish Mortalities in Scotland, for Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland.

46 Post meeting note: useful guidance document on chilling. From the AHDB: “Chilling, Meat and Quality Shelf-life”

47 EC publication extract, from “The animal welfare officer”, online source, accessed August 2019:

48 Information available at:

49 Online source:



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