RBST raised the plight of the local abattoir network with new Defra Minister Mark Spencer MP. We were delighted with the reply.

After many years of being told by previous Ministers that the state of the local abattoir network is not an issue, we welcome the Government’s recognition of the seriousness of the situation, particularly the impact on livestock farmers in upland and marginal areas.

The Minister committed to finding a solution. We look forward to working with him and his officials and other stakeholders in doing so.

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