This week on future farming, we look into a new concept announced to the Australian agricultural industry last week, the mobile abattoir. Pictured above the blueprint for the abattoir design, courtesy of abc Australia.
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This week on future farming, we look into a new concept announced to the Australian agricultural industry last week, the mobile abattoir. Pictured above the blueprint for the abattoir design, courtesy of abc Australia.

Similar to ideology of the Mobile butcher,this remodelled idea was revealed at the recent Sprout X accelerator programme, held in Melbourne last week.


The company behind the award, Farmgate, won both the judges and the people’s choice award ahead of 10 other Ag-tech companies as reported by abc in Australia.

The idea:

The concept in a nutshell is a mobile abattoir which would travel from farm to farm, saving farmers an awful lot of time,money and effort.


The company behind the idea, Farmgate, believe it can change the course of the red meat supply chain.


It is aimed at helping farmers who struggle with transporting their livestock to the abattoirs which can be quite a distance away.

The company say that due to the decreased number in abattoirs around, that farmers are finding the transportation an even greater struggle and even more costly than before.


The idea is set to take Australia by storm, and was worked upon by a team from Farmgate as well as a vet, a farmer, a chef and an educator who all examined other countries with a variation of this system already in use.
They then came together and worked tirelessly on the concept, which they now feel they have perfected.

The reaction:

Then company say the demand would be high, with the only real problems being strict food safety regulations from state to state in Australia and the impact it would have on Meat Industry workers. Potentially costing people their jobs.


These strict state to state regulations are not in place in Ireland, suggesting that this may be one for the future.


It said to be in high demand from farmers already eager to see it in operation.

The reasoning:

It will not only make their life a bit easier, but also look out for the welfare of these animals and save them the arduous travelling. Especially in the high temperatures experienced in Australia during the peak of summer.


The average MSU’s in operation from around the world can go through ten cattle in an eight-hour day, with two people working together.


Unlike the similar idea, Modular Slaughter Units MOSOs which only move seasonally, these units will be almost constantly on the move. They will only stay at any one farm for one or two days, before moving onto the next one.

Though these MOSUs have a higher throughput, the MSU’s due to their constant travelling, means fresher produce for the consumer.


From these units the carcasses will be transferred to refrigerated trucks, before being transported to a boning room.

Potential issues:

There are other issues though, like how are the animal slaughterings to be carried out in these units via electrical stimulation?

Or what about the waste involved in the slaughtering process, where would this be discarded and stored?

Conclusion:

Various different types of this concept are already in operation in countries such as Sweden, France and the US, though none as small and which intend to travel as much as this one.


So it is therefore logical to presume that this concept could really take the Irish Agriculture Industry by storm. You heard it here first.

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