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Abattoir bookings and deliveries

​Species accepted at the abattoir

The following species are accepted at the abattoir:

  • cattle
  • sheep
  • pigs
  • goats

Cattle born before 1 August 1996 cannot be presented at the abattoir.If this happens,even by mistake, and the animal enters the lairage, it will be destroyed as SRM (specified risk material).

Abattoir booking requests and cancellations

All bookings must be made by using the abattoir booking form then faxed, emailed or posted to us. We will not accept bookings by telephone.

Bookings must be received by 11am on the Wednesday prior to the requested week of slaughter. Any booking requests received after this deadline cannot be guaranteed.

Your booking confirmation will be sent to you either by email, fax or post.

Cancellation of an existing booking must be made by 12pm on the Monday before slaughter day, or in the case of the Monday being a Bank Holiday, by 12pm on the Friday before slaughter day.

Abattoir booking and confirmation form

The Farmer's guide to the Abattoir Service 

Abattoir charges and forms

Condi​​tion of livestock


Bulls over 10 months of age must have a nose ring and if horns have been removed it must wear a halter or neck chain. 

These animals must be accompanied by two stockmen who are used to handling the specific animal.

Cattle​ (including steers)

Cattle (including steers) must be:​

  • clean
  • dry
  • fit to travel
  • healthy
  • drug withdrawal periods must be adhered to

Goats and sheep​

Goats and sheep ​must be:

  • clean
  • dry
  • fit to travel
  • healthy and free of drugs
  • they must not be bedded on wood shavings or sawdust


Pigs must be: 

  • clean
  • fit to travel
  • healthy and free of drugs

Preparation of stock prior to transport to the abattoir

The States of Jersey Abattoir adheres to a clean livestock policy and therefore will not permit entry of any dirty livestock or animals transported in dirty trailers.

It is everyone’s responsibility throughout the meat supply chain to ensure that only clean animals are presented for slaughter.

The following should be followed in addition to general farm animal health requirements.

General animal die​​ts and health

There are many things that you should consider in order to keep your animals clean.

High dry matter diets produce cleaner animals than low dry matter diets. If you are changing your animals' diet to reduce the moisture content of the faeces, this should be done gradually to prevent scouring.  

Feeding your animals a silage-based diet produces the greatest likelihood of dirtiness because it results in large quantities of wet dung. Supplementing silages with cereals will also increase dirtiness.  

You should also control your animals' mineral / salt intake.

Good standards of general animal health should be maintained by:

  • adhering to an animal health plan for the farm with effective veterinary regimes to reduce infection with pathogens
  • carrying out appropriate husbandry and therapy to prevent endoparasite and ectoparasite infection

Immediately pri​​or to transport

Although it is more important to prevent animals becoming visibly contaminated in the first place, the following can be used to clean up animals if necessary:

  • bring livestock indoors onto dry bedding
  • withdraw feed prior to transport to decrease gut-fill and reduce overall faecal contamination
  • clip livestock to remove gross contamination from the:
    • underside ie brisket and abdomen
    • legs
    • rump
    • tail (timed to prevent recontamination closer to the skin)

If animals have previously been washed, they must be completely dry prior to loading.

The transport trailer must be clean prior to loading any livestock.

Information sheet on categorisation of cattle cleanliness

Information booklet on clean sheep, a guide for producers

Delivering livestock​​ to the abattoir

Transportin​​g livestock 

Trailers transporting livestock must have been cleaned, inside and out, to ensure that faeces from previous loads is not present.

Sufficient bedding is to be placed on the floor to minimise slipping of animals, and from becoming dirty during travel from faeces and urine.

The following bedding must not be used :

  • cattle: sawdust
  • goats and sheep: sawdust or wood shavings

All trailers must have adequate ramps, including tail gates, to enable the safe loading and unloading of stock.

Welfare of livest​ock in transit

Under the Animal Welfare (Jersey) Law 2004 and Diseases of Animals (Welfare in Transit) (Jersey) Order 2001 it is an offence for any person to:

  • (a) convey or carry any animal in such a manner or position as to cause it unnecessary suffering or
  • (b) omit to supply an animal with proper and sufficient:
    • food
    • water
    • shelter

Care must be taken by the conveyor of an animal to the abattoir to ensure that ill, infirm or lame animals are not transported and that all animals are transported in suitable vehicles which will not cause unnecessary suffering in transit.

In addition, if animals are confined for any length of time eg overnight in the vehicles in which they are to be transported, you must ensure that:

  • suitable water is available at all times
  • good ventilation is provided
  • the animals are not subjected to extremes of temperature

What happens when I arri​​ve at the abattoir?

Do not unload any animals until you are advised to do so.

Your load will be inspected to ensure you are delivering the agreed number of animals, and the general health and cleanliness of the stock including the trailer.

You will be required to assist in the unloading of your animals and remain with them until they are penned within the lairage. 

What is the ve​​hicle cleaning procedure at the abattoir?

After unloading animals the driver is required to:

  • clean out the trailer of all debris
  • pressure clean the trailer and vehicle
  • disinfect the trailer and vehicle

Collection of carcasses and offal

Dressed carcasses and offal will be available for collection at the following time:

  • Thursday 6am to 10am, unless by prior agreement

Information relating to carcass collection times is given on the booking confirmation form.

Meat must be collected on the indicated date or you will be charged for storage.​​

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