Consultation on the introduction of mandatory Sheep Carcase Classification

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Closes 26 Jan 2018

Sheep Carcass Classification

The Scottish Government have looked at the premises who currently have sheep throughput on a weekly basis.  There are 14 abattoirs who meet the criteria of having weekly sheep throughput.  Out of these, seven account for nearly 90% of all throughput, with the lowest average around 700 per week.  

Given this and allowing for seasonal fluctuations we are suggesting an exemption to mandatory classification and price reporting if there are fewer than 500 sheep per week as an annual average going through the slaughterhouse.  However these premises can opt into the classification and price reporting rules at their discretion.  

Do you agree that there should be an exemption to mandatory classification and price reporting if there are fewer than 500 sheep per week, as an annual average, going through the slaughterhouse?