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Jersey abattoir (FOI)

Jersey abattoir (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 08 October 2018.



Please advise how many animals are slaughtered at the Jersey abattoir per week?


What is the breakdown of animals slaughtered ie number of cows, pigs, and sheep?


What is the average wait at the abattoir for an animal to be slaughtered?


Are all animals slaughtered on the same day?


Is the States Vet always on site during slaughtering?


How many days a week does the abattoir operate?



Approximately 15-50 animals are slaughtered every week. This fluctuates seasonally.


The average breakdown of species is set out below:

  • cattle between 10 - 15

  • pigs between 10 - 20

  • sheep between 0 - 15


The average wait at the abattoir is set out below:

  • cattle between 15 Min - 5hrs

  • pigs between 3hrs - 10hrs

  • sheep between 3hrs - 7hrs

During this period all animals are provided with water.


All animals are slaughtered on the same day.


An Official Veterinarian, ie a vet working for or on behalf of the government, is always present during slaughter. Sometimes this will be the States Vet, sometimes another Official Veterinarian.


The abattoir operates five days a week to the schedule below.

  • Monday - preparation and sterilization of the halls

  • Tuesday - slaughter day for all three species; refrigeration of carcases and primary cleaning and waste removal

  • Wednesday - vertical column removal of over 30 month old cattle carcases; waste removal and primary cleaning

  • Thursday - carcass and offal dispatch to customers; deep cleaning of all areas unless maintenance is being undertaken

  • Friday - records updated and filed; canteen, office, overalls & shower cleaned; deep clean after maintenance complete

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