A Staffordshire livestock farmer is transforming the local livestock trade with the development of his own on-farm abattoir.
Jim Sale, of J.S. Quality Meats, Marchington, Uttoxeter, opened the doors to the mixed livestock abattoir on May 24, saying he had since been inundated with demand from local farmers.
The abattoir will open on a Thursday and Friday each week and will accept sheep, cattle, pigs and goats.
It is the latest in a long line of business ventures for the family and follows the farm’s cutting plant, butchers and farm shop.
Mr Sale said the abattoir was to accommodate ‘what farmers need’.
He said: “We are taking killings from local farmers and anything that comes along.
“We are trying to help them by doing our bit.
“We have not advertised at all. It is only word of mouth at the moment, but we are still getting a lot coming.”
Mr Sale said it was looking likely the business would need to hire some more members of staff to cope with demand.
The idea is the farm will be able to support the whole farm-to-fork journey, reducing food miles and the distance livestock has to travel.
Mr Sale, who has been farming the same land for 21 years, said: “We are trying to get it all into one. It is a lot better for everyone and people seem to be pushing for it. The abattoir is all under cameras and supervision from vets each day.
“We are hoping to open another shop in September if all goes to plan. At the end of the day, it is a family-run business.”