[Abattage à la ferme] The mobile slaughterhouse Ethical beef in receivership

Opened a year and a half ago, the company Le Boeuf Ethique offering an on-farm slaughter solution has been placed in receivership. The company had been experiencing cash flow problems since last February.

the ethical beef was the first and only company to offer a solution forcattle slaughter on the farm. After several years of struggling to lift regulatory obstacles, the mobile slaughterhouse entered service in August 2021. A year and a half after its launch, the company was placed in receivership on November 29, 2022. “We have shown that there was a possibility of profitability for this type of installation, but it is the Treasury which did not follow”, summarizes Emilie Jeannin, at the initiative of the ethical beef.

“In just over a year, we have managed to generate more than 1 million euros in turnover with 130 tonnes felled. This is the turnover that a slaughterhouse achieves with 1,000 t slaughtered” explains the breeder, who managed to achieve this thanks to the meat marketing. “We mastered the entire chain, except cutting. In the end, 450 Burgundian animals will have passed through the mobile slaughterhouse.

Half-hearted support

Despite the subsidies local authorities and public authorities, Emilie Jeannin regrets that her project was not given more support. “We received little help, enough for us to say that we were supported, but not enough for the project to continue. We are the only slaughterhouse for which the allocation of aid was conditional on the granting of health approval, deplores the breeder at the origin of the project. The grants, which represented around 30% of the investment, were only paid to us this summer, when we had made the investment in December 2020.” The overall project will have required an investment of 1.8 million euros, of which 1 million for the acquisition of the mobile slaughterhouse. The installation consists of three trucks making it possible to reconstitute a slaughter chain that meets health and safety standards.

For Emilie Jeannin, relations with their cutting service provider did not help the project to sustain itself. Once the animals were slaughtered, the carcasses were sent to the Autun slaughterhouse, a public slaughterhouse. She regrets that “the services invoiced were higher than the scales set by the community of municipalities when the project was set up”. The overall context, with an installation in full health crisisand the inflationary trend will not have helped the company to survive.

Looking for buyers

The breeder behind the project is now looking for buyers for the slaughter unit. “We have shown that it is possible to slaughter animals ethically, we have succeeded in changing the law so that this kind of structure can exist, it would be a shame if this did not benefit”, concludes the breeder.

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[Abattage à la ferme] The mobile slaughterhouse Ethical beef in receivership

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