BMEL promotes the development of mobile slaughter
The Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, dr. Ophelia Nick says: "We want to strengthen the diversity of farms. Meat from mobile slaughter has the potential to increase added value in rural areas. We want to promote modern, practical methods for animal-friendly mobile slaughter on farms. We are happy about that We particularly look forward to new impulses from start-ups - especially from rural areas."
The funded innovations are intended to help create economic incentives for farms and regional, artisan slaughterhouses, both with regard to semi-mobile and fully mobile slaughter.
The number of slaughterhouses in Germany, especially smaller and local ones, has been decreasing for years. Due to the progressive centralization of the slaughter industry, it has become more difficult for many companies to find a slaughterhouse in their area. Smaller farms in particular can sometimes face additional economic challenges – also against the background of an already tense market situation.
Mobile slaughter means less loading and transport stress for the animals and also changes the working situation of farmers. The new funding option supports, for example, methods to improve animal welfare and investigations into product and meat quality compared to conventional slaughter methods, the new development of partially or fully mobile slaughter units and the development of better marketing options.
The interest of many consumers in food produced under high animal welfare conditions has increased in recent years. In this context, slaughtering at the farm of origin is also included. The familiar environment and the fact that live animals do not have to be transported to the slaughterhouse generally enable particularly animal-friendly slaughter. This also raises the question of how on-site slaughter affects the quality of the meat.
Slaughtering at the farm of origin can be a unique selling proposal for small slaughterhouses, for direct marketers with conventional and organic farming methods, and thus improve economic opportunities. The establishment of mobile slaughtering makes sense, especially in rural areas and the Alpine regions, in order to expand regional added value and strengthen its profitability.
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