Shropshire abattoir in new phase

A three-species abattoir has said the appointment of a new general manager will maintain the momentum for an autumn re-opening of the Shropshire premises.

Daysdrove, located in Bishops Castle, has appointed farmer’s son David Palmer to oversee a recently acquired abattoir in south Shropshire. Palmer has widespread livestock industry and meat trade experience and his previous roles have included large-scale abattoir management, quality livestock procurement, and the development of several branded quality meat schemes for major supermarkets.

Malcolm Corfield, Daysdrove MD, said: “David has proven practical and management ability throughout the abattoir process and, most importantly, has demonstrated real enthusiasm for this role. His focus in the coming weeks will be on the refurbishments required ahead of re-opening, as well as recruitment of lairage, slaughtering and butchering staff.

“Since the acquisition at the end of June, we have aimed to be in a position to re-open during the autumn and the prospect of achieving this has taken a very positive leap forward with this key appointment.”

Daysdrove is said to be the only three-species abattoir in the county and the business is now aiming for organic certification and will pursue a business philosophy based on local procurement of high-quality livestock.

Corfield added: “Daysdrove will initially be focusing on contract slaughtering, butchering and meat maturation for farmers, butchers and other meat industry businesses in the locality. We are now urging potential customers to let us know of their autumn requirements by contacting David Palmer at the Love Lane site in Bishops Castle or by emailing us at”

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