What exactly is a sheep abattoir? That is a popular question and one that is easily answered. An abattoir is another term for a slaughterhouse that processes sheep, sheep, mutton, and hogget. These processing houses only provide meat for human consumption. They must adhere to rigid regulations that ensure the meat is prepared as humanely as possible.
Only a certain amount can be slaughtered per day to keep up with community demand and for the safety of the breed. Strict regulations are also in place to prevent contamination and illness. These rules and stringently enforced for the health and safety of our communities.
Rules and Regulations for the South African Abattoir are set by the Department of Agricultural Technical Services. Lists of guidelines are handed down to each abattoir. They must adhere to each one to comply with governmental standards. These regulations are to prevent contamination and disease.
Abattoirs are specifically designed and government regulations are on them from the very beginning of the foundation. All building designs must be approved by the government. All aspects of the abattoir must be evaluated. From the flooring to the fences, the walls to the windows, the proper ground coverings to inside ventilation- it is all regulated and must pass inspection. After all, contamination and disease are easy to distribute through our meat supply.
All inside temperatures must be kept steady. Inside walls must be made according to code and cleansed on a regular basis. Processing areas must be kept separated and isolated. Cleanliness laws must also be followed as well as rules for packaging. These are set to prevent disease and contamination. All are put in place to safely get our meat processed and prepared for market.
So, if we wanted to find out more about the abattoir that processed our meat, how do we find out that information?
A great place to start is with your local butcher. Ask the meat counter where you purchase your sheep meat. Ask the butcher where they get their sheep from. Most butchers will give you this information. It is not a great secret and should be public knowledge. Once you have the name of the abattoir, you can research them online.
How do I know if the abattoir is reputable?
Do your research. There are sites online that will help you to find out this information. If the facility is local, you can always check it yourself. If you have the opportunity, see if their facility is clean. Do they look reputable? Is their abattoir well-kept?
Citizens do not want to dwell on the practices of an abattoir. It is one of those necessary things that we all benefit from but would rather not talk about. This is understandably so, but the abattoir is doing us a favour by providing us meat that we do not have to process ourselves. Humans need animal protein to stay healthy. It is the way we were built and the way we are wired. Yes, we could get proteins from plant-based products but those options do not offer complete proteins as animal meat does.
For enough meat to feed a community, an abattoir needs to be set up and operating. Their job needs to be done smoothly and efficiently as possible paying close regard to cleanliness to prevent disease. Meat inspections are made routinely to ensure the meat coming from the abattoirs meets safety guidelines.
Sheep is one of the most popular meats in the world. Their industry is an impressive fete of innovative technology and health standards. sheep meat is filled with vitamins and minerals as well as healthy fats required to keep us healthy. The fats sheep meat contains is full of monounsaturated fats that target weight loss and provide our systems with essential benefits.
Sheep farms allow their animals to roam free to graze on natural grasses to produce leaner and tastier meat for the market. The meat arrives at our butchers and grocery stores by way of way of humane abattoirs that take their duties seriously and uphold to the highest of standards set by our government.
If you would like to learn more about the regulations in your area, download copies from your government’s agricultural site.