Farm Gate: Small abattoirs

Small abattoirs are essential infrastructure, but they’re in serious decline – seen by the UK Government as a ‘nice to have’ that serves the middle classes, rather than a ‘must have’ to deliver climate, biodiversity and soil security – and to support rural economies and farming communities. Another nail was recently hammered into the small abattoir coffin, as Mettrick’s abattoir in Glossop closed for business.

ffinlo Costain talks to John Mettrick, Master Butcher and chairman of the Abattoir Sector Group, Simon Doherty, former president of the British Veterinary Association, and Hannah Thorogood, an agroecological livestock farmer based in Lincolnshire.

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