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Welsh abattoir faces temporary shut down

Menai Meats in Wales said it will close for six to seven weeks due to a shortage of livestock


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Shortages of livestock has led to the temporary closure of a Welsh abattoir.


A seasonal fall in supply in the area means Menai Meats in Caernarfon will close for six to seven weeks until supply starts to pick up in spring.


The abattoir has the capacity to process around 2,500 animals per day but had recently been running at less than half its full capacity.


It will close from the week beginning March 20.


Plant manager Muhammad Ali said due to where the plant was based, it had been difficult to source livestock.


Mr Ali said: “There is a shortage of livestock in the area. It is just for this time of year.


“We have been working short weeks recently anyway.”


Around 40 full time and part time staff were employed at the plant. While these will be laid off temporarily, Mr Ali said they would still be employed by the plant once it reopened.


The abattoir opened in September 2014.

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