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shadiya



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 12 10:22 am    Post subject: On farm slaughter  Reply with quote    

Does anyone know what the current state of play is on slaughter on farm for personal consumption? Or can someone point me at a place that says?

Just took Jim to the local abbatoir and had forgotten how gruesome the place is. We have some pigs here and I really don't want to take them in when it's time, would much rather do it here.

Bungo



Joined: 21 Dec 2011
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Location: Wye Valley
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 12 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Think you are allowed to DIY , but you are not allowed to sell or let anyone else eat the meat IIRC.

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 12 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bungo wrote:
Think you are allowed to DIY , but you are not allowed to sell or let anyone else eat the meat IIRC.


That's what I understand too.

I'm in a bit of a dilemma: My local abattoir has just closed and the nearest one now is a long way away. I do have a local slaughterman who will come to me, kill and butcher my animals - illegally of course

That's fine for Sheep but the thought of de-hairing a BIG Pig is fairly daunting! There's also the question of how to deal with big steaming piles of guts and hanging the Sheep to mature.

hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
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Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 12 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's some information from the DEFRA archives :

On farm killing and slaughter

Anyone killing or slaughtering an animal or bird on a farm must hold a slaughter licence unless the animal:

is being killed for the purposes of disease control;

is being killed by means of free bullet in the field (in such instances, the individual should hold the relevant firearms certificate);
is suffering and is being killed for emergency reasons relating to the welfare of the animal and where the animal needs to be killed/slaughtered immediately;
is being killed by its owner for his private consumption;
is being killed by a qualified veterinary surgeon.

The link is here : http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/welfare/slaughter/index.htm

Pigs and other large animals are normally killed in the winter when there are no flies about and hung outside otherwise you need to use a very large fridge or a cold store.

It takes us about three quarters of an hour to shave a 300k pig using the hot water method and sharp knife. We drop the guts into a black bin and either bury them (Then plant a tree) or put them in the woods for the foxes etc.

VSS



Joined: 14 Jan 2007
Posts: 2845
Location: Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 12 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The guidlines are here: www.food.gov.uk/wales/regswales/regsguid_wales/homeslaughterlivestockwales

Melli-Jane



Joined: 09 Mar 2011
Posts: 272
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi - try the humane slaughter association website. they have some good documentation and offer plenty of advice... I arranged a lecture with the HSA recently to our training group. this is a good article http://www.hsa.org.uk/Resources/Publications/Technical%20Notes/TN8.pdf
you can home slaughter for your own consumption - the HSA can advise on the best methods (stun, free bullet etc etc).
PS...whilst people do burn or bury waste, it is strictly illegal to do so due to contamination risks unless you are in an official remote area (100km or more from disposal facility), any waste should be disposed of by taking to your local knackerman or abbatoir.
good luck!

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Possibly NOT the way to do it these days. Cobbled farmyard, cigarette in mouth..my great grandfather and friend home slaugtering a pig.



tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great pic

Rob R



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Location: York
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Great pic


Yep, I can imagine what my dad would have said if I'd ever whipped out a camera

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