Tag Archives: Slaughter
A Berkshire boar snuffling in the grass and mud.

Culling our Berkshire pigs

The combination of ever rising costs and customer expectations of ever falling prices means we’ve started culling our herd of Berkshire pigs. Prices were up again when I paid the bill at the feed merchants today, necessitating a dip into our household savings and that’s unacceptable even though we have three porkers going through at […]

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Livestock slaughter by throat cutting rises

I was browsing the agriculture sections of assorted newpapers when I found a story on the Guardian about a rise in the numbers of livestock having their throats cut while conscious. A senior vet has spoken out against the “unacceptable” rise in the number of farm animals slaughtered by having their throats cut while fully […]

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Invoice for the slaughter and butchering of two pigs.

£93.70 to kill a pig

The invoice from Millers of Speyside for slaughtering and butchering our most recent batch of Berkshire pigs arrived in this morning’s post. The slaughter charge was £48.00. The QMS levy was £2.52, plus VAT.

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Abattoir costs rise, again

When I booked two finished Berkshire pigs in with our abattoir, Millers of Speyside, this morning I was told I’d be sent an email with new paperwork to complete. When the email arrived, the paperwork included a new schedule of charges for private slaughter. I wasn’t expecting a rise, so I was more than a […]

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Abattoir acts to discourage private slaughter

I am having a grumpy day on the pig side of things. The post has just arrived, including a letter from our abattoir Scotch Premier in Inverurie. The letter says they are finding private pigs take too long to process compared with regular pigs due to difficulties removing their hair, the rare breed characteristics, their […]

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