Friday, 22 January 2010

Gibson meets Cabinet Secretary over Dornoch abattoir

News release
Immediate release

Rob Gibson SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands discussed the future of the Dornoch abattoir when he met Richard Lochhead the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture in Parliament.

Mr Gibson has been working closely with efforts by local producers and HIE to find a solution to the closure notice signalled by ANM group of Inveraray.

He said after the meeting on Thursday afternoon,

"I discussed ways to save threatened rural abattoirs at Dornoch and Forres. There are niche markets to serve and since lamb production is seasonal other EU countries must have cracked this problem. Richard Lochhead agreed that an understanding of how other EU states coped with seasonality and fluctuating markets for lambs must be established."

"Issues such as the excessive costs of the meat hygiene regime and vets requiring a presence at the time of slaughter are an issue that needs revisited."

" Meanwhile a consortium of local producers who can guarantee throughput for Dornoch [Premier Scottish Meats] and Forres [Highland Country Foods] would seem the best outcome. We can also study how the Stornoway abattoir works and gain valuable knowledge to help save the Dornoch and Forres plants.


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