From the Scottish Government -
Structure of the Scottish Livestock Industry, giving meat processors and supply chain across Scotland.  These pages include maps to show the location of all the approved slaughterhouses in Scotland and flow diagrams of UK and Scottish livestock supply chains.

AHDB eFood Chain Map - an interactive map of key red meat food chain data, including the location and contact details of auction marts, abattoirs, meat processors and meat traders across the UK.

UK Organically Certified Abattoirs - an interactive map from the Soil Association detailing the 5 organically certified abattoirs in Scotland.

From the Scottish Government - Regulations pertaining to Slaughter of Animals.  The slaughter of animals is under EU regulations.  

British Meat Processors Association Guide to Good Practice - Welfare at Slaughter.  

 ‘The Humane Slaughter Association works to improve the welfare of food animals during transport, marketing, slaughter, and killing for disease control and welfare reasons. It works through research, education, training and technical advances to improve standards and bring practical and lasting improvements to the welfare of food animals around the world.’ 

For example, Welfare at Slaughter.

An example of a highland abattoir - Munro's of Dingwall.

'Our CPH Number is 91/740/8500 and Plant 1125.

To book in your livestock please call the office on 01349 862158.

Livestock arrivals:

Sunday between 10am-12pm
Monday before 10am

Monday-Thursday 7am-4.30pm

Sunday between 10am-12pm
Monday-Thursday 7am-4.30pm

Delivery is subject to reasonable distance please phone for confirmation.'


Identification and Traceability

Scottish Government Regulations for Sheep Identification and Traceability

Scottish Government Guidance for Keepers in Scotland of Sheep and Goats for Identification and Traceability.

Scottish Government Regulations for Cattle Identification and Traceability.

UK Government Guidance for Keeping Cattle in Great Britain.  This guidance contains sections on: ‘Keeping cattle and representing keepers’, ‘tagging, passports, record keeping and inspections’ and ‘reporting and recording events in your herd’.


Transport and Welfare

UK Government Live transport Welfare Regulations.  ‘Farmers have a legal responsibility to ensure their animals are transported in a way that won’t cause injury or unnecessary suffering to them. This guide explains the legal controls in place to protect livestock during transit - including details of how the rules vary according to the distance and duration of journeys, and the species of animal involved. It also gives guidance on staff training requirements and the different types of documents that may be needed, including certificates of competence, transporter authorisation, Animal Transport Certificates (ATCs) and Journey Logs.’

Quality Meat Scotland publish a Livestock Transport Book which details the legislation, welfare issues and vehicle requirements involved in the transport of cattle, sheep and pigs.  This is aimed at hauliers and livestock lorry drivers, but the issues relate to anyone transporting live animals.

This project is funded by a generous donation from Mr & Mrs T Hubbard, New York, USA through the NTS Foundation USA and by a grant from the Ernest Cook Trust
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