Beef and lamb industry receives millions
The red meat industry in Cornwall is receiving huge support
with millions of pounds of Objective One investment being
used to create jobs, increase quality and strengthen demand.
The Objective One European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee
Fund (EAGGF) is being used to strengthen Cornwall's
beef and lamb industry in a number of ways including investment
in improving and building abattoirs. This in turn is increasing
the demand for red meat, boosting revenue by millions of pounds,
helping to fill farmers' order books and guarantee and
According to Roger Metcalf, dairy coordinator at the Cornwall
Agricultural Council Development Team, Objective One has invested
almost £3 million in more than £6 million of projects
in the red meat sector. This investment does not include business
support via gateway funds, such as Taste of the West Cornwall
and Business Link and investment in pasty makers such as Ginsters,
WC Rowe, Crantock Bakeries and many others.
Mr Metcalf said: "The effects of Objective One
are clearly visible in the food industry in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly with quality on the rise thanks to investment
in producers via marketing, business support, equipment and
"Now the red meat industry is seeing the effect
of Objective One support. As investment is being put into
abattoirs and meat processing there is now a greater ability
to add value. By increasing capacity more animals can be slaughtered
- including cow beef - and processed locally rather than having
to be sent away. Better chillers mean better carcasses and
the meat can be more efficiently stored and matured, which
all adds to the quality and thereby the value of the meat
One example of expansion is HR Jasper and Son Ltd, which
has received investment to improve two abattoirs near Launceston,
one for beef at Treburley and one for lamb at Botathan. More
than £500,000 from the Objective One EAGGF has been
committed towards a project worth more than £1.5million.
This will include the construction of a plant for the treatment
of the site's wastewater, the construction of a new
skins storage area, the adaption of the old abattoir to provide
more chilling capacity and the purchase of new equipment.
It is estimated the improvements will create about 12 new
jobs and more than £1 million of extra revenue.
Michael Armstrong, financial controller for both Treburley
and Botathan, said: "The Objective One investment
has given us the flexibility to commence various projects
within similar time scales, whilst not relying solely on our
working capital to fund the projects. This process has helped
us to condense four year's worth of capital investment
into eighteen months to two years. The expansion of the chill
facilities at Treburley also allowed us to offer increased
weekly kill capacity, benefiting the producer by helping to
reduce mileage costs to slaughter, which in some cases is
a barrier cost for the producer.
"Similar capacity benefits will be invested into
the lamb plant and both plants will, as a result of the Objective
One investment be able to effectively process their waste
water into a clean permeate, of which at least 40% will be
recycled for use at the abattoirs."
James Kittow runs Kilhallon Quality Meats Ltd, of Par, along
with Mr Kittow's Famous Sausage Company - a fifth generation
butchers. At Kilhallon abattoir just over £70,000 of
Objective One EAGGF is being invested in a project worth almost
£650,000 that will see new buildings and lairage (live
animal storage areas). It is estimated eight new jobs will
be created from this project which will mean redundant buildings
are transformed into top quality, bespoke facilities.
Kilhallon Quality Meat works closely with the Organic Livestock
Farmers Cornwall and Devon (OLFCD), a farmers' cooperative.
Martin Davies, technical adviser for Organic South West,
which promotes organic food and farming in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly, explained the benefits of local abattoirs:
"Normally OLFCD just sold livestock which then had
to leave Cornwall after slaughtering for further processing
in a certified organic cutting plant up country. This often
meant travelling up to the Midlands or even further afield
for processing with the resulting meat products ending up
for sale in multiple retailers losing its Cornish identity.
Hopefully this new collaboration will result in more Cornish
red meat staying in the South West and more profits going
back to the local producers."
RJ Trevarthen, wholesale butchers, is also expanding using
Objective One investment. Roskrow abattoir and cutting facility,
near Redruth, has an extension being built using just over
£75,000 from the Objective One EAGGF. This will also
be used for additional lairage, processing facilities, refrigeration
and offices. Work is expected to be complete by the end of
For further information please contact Clare Morgan on 01872
223439 or 07973 813647 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Jaspers Integrated Site Expansion
Project, Kilhallon Abattoir Development Project and Organic
South West through the European Agricultural Guidance and
Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin
Butler at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439