All on the Table

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has been working to support farming families, small and local abattoirs, and their supply chains for a decade.

Following a round table convened by the PCF at Dumfries House in June 2019, attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, we commissioned research into the role and importance of abattoirs in the livestock-meat supply chain, with particular emphasis on links to small livestock farms.

The research was undertaken by Dr Jeremy Franks of the University of Newcastle. The final report is due to be published in 2021.

The research will:

  1. Present information on the structure and structural change in businesses along the livestock-meat supply chain (with an emphasis on abattoirs) across the UK.
  2. Present details of farmers’ meat marketing practices and alternative marketing and farming options, should the abattoir they use close.
  3. Outline the challenges abattoirs face and their role in supporting rural economy in general, and smaller livestock farmers in particular.
  4. Develop recommendations based on the evidence gathered in the study.
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