The mobile abattoir goes directly to the farm
”This is the next step in the already world famous Swedish animal care model, to eliminate transport in connection with slaughter and is another way to fully regard animal welfare. The quality of the meat also improves, it is in every way a winning concept that we launch now, says Britt-Marie Stegs, CEO and founder of Hälsingestintan”
Hälsingestintans investment in mobile slaughter of adult cattle is the first in Europe.
The design is unique in the world and completely autonomous, with its own electricity, its own water and own heating.
The mobile abattoir consists of two carriages that contain both an equipage with offices and changing rooms, a trailer containing the slaughterhouse, and an equipage with trailer with a cold store for the meat.
The abattoir goes directly to the farm where the breeder has animals and implements such as stress-free slaughter as possible. A veterinarian is on hand to ensure good animal welfare. Animals are lead to the slaughter wagon by the farmer, who of course is very well known to the animal.
The abattoir is self-sufficient in water and electricity. The capacity of the rig varies, but the basic staff of four people slaughter up to thirty animals a day. The meat is transported to our hanging hall where it is hung tenderized and cut up in our own cutting plant. The goal of the slaughter process is to take care of the welfare of the animal as much as possible. The slaughterhouse waste will be used in biogas manufacturing.
The mobile abattoir has many advantages. Selected farms with stress free slaughter is something that many consumers are asking for.
The work on the unique mobile abattoir has been inspiring on many levels.
-It’s been an amazing journey. All this time Hälsingestintan has lead the development to protect and consider care in the whole of the process. From the farm to the fork. We like that, says Britt-Marie-Stegs.
Professor Emeritus Bo Algers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the department of animal welfare and health, says;
”Good animal welfare makes the animals less stressed, which gives a better meat quality and durability. There is a complex relationship between stress and meat quality. An operation whereby the animal is exposed to stress before slaughter can cause changes in the pH course and consumption of glycogen that can lead to poorer meat quality. Poorer water retention in the form of PSE (Pale, Soft and Exudative) and DFD (Dark, Firm and Dry) occur to a greater extent when the animal is exposed to stress. The strain shortly before slaughter develops a sharp lactate immediately after slaughter, in combination with the high temperature leads to muscle proteins that are denatured and meat quality is reduced especially in terms of juiciness and color. If the reserves of glycogen are depleted, which can occur when the animal for example has expended much energy in connection with transport or poor handling of the slaughterhouse, minor amounts of lactate formed and the final pH may therefore not fall to the same low levels are normal, which adversely affect the stability.”
”This is a very welcome initiative. The development of the small abattoirs near farms has exploded in recent years, which shows that people are attracted to meat from animals that have lived a good life and are spared long journeys, says Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson. This development can now get an even bigger boost due to the fact that there is now an abattoir that comes directly to the farm. Swedish farmers and breeders are extremely talented and I welcome any new ideas that improve profitability and quality of Swedish meat, which additionally greatly improves animal welfare. ”