Abattoir shuts following foot-and-mouth crisis

A major Shropshire abattoir has closed following the latest foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) set back.

Bishop's Castle Meat, of Bishop's Castle, employs 16 staff and is the only abattoir in Shropshire that can take cattle, pigs and sheep.

The plant shut down temporarily due to the FMD outbreak recently but management has now decided not to reopen.

Local MP Philip Dunne, whose family farm uses the abattoir for lamb, confirmed the closure saying that director Colin Kinmond would now seek a buyer for the business.

Dunne added: "It was the only firm able to take cattle, sheep and pigs in Shropshire."

"Foot and mouth just finished us off and I am coming up to retirement so we decided to sell it on," said Kinmond.

"We are not killing at the moment but everything is ready for someone else to take it over. We want to sell it as a going concern because we are the only abattoir that take all three species in Shropshire."

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