If the world unfolds as Lars Jorgensen thinks it will, January 2007 will go down as an historic moment in the Canadian livestock industry.
That’s when Jorgensen’s $400,000 baby – a 53-foot-long mobile abattoir – headed out of Fort St. John, B.C. for its first on-the-farm slaughter assignment. “I got into this because there was a need – the bottom line was there wasn’t enough slaughter capacity and in some parts of my province, farmers were getting out of livestock because they just couldn’t get affordable slaughter,” says Jorgensen, president of Gate to Plate Food Services Inc. “The other side of the coin is this is going to open up doors for producers. We’re offering traceability, we do organic, we offer more humane slaughter that gives you better quality meat, and we’ll (soon) have federal inspection so you can ship your meat anywhere – whether that’s the local grocer or a restaurant in Vancouver or Montreal.
“We’re never going to threaten the big boys in the slaughter business, but mobile abattoirs are going to create opportunities for small-scale producers that never existed before.”
That’s pretty big talk, but Jorgensen isn’t the only one to feel that way. Those are exactly the kind of benefits that proponents of mobile abattoirs have been championing for years.Full Story from FarmCentre.com