Crofting Commission Convenor, Rod Mackenzie said: “It’s great to see this volunteer group take the initiative and look to providing an abattoir based in Skye, a similar project was also launched in Shetland a few years ago and it has gone from strength to strength.
Local abattoirs add value to traceability and provenance which helps livestock production be more sustainable. Consumers are also looking more and more for locally produced, humanely raised and slaughtered, grass-fed, organic or natural meat, either for ethical or health reasons, or both.
There are also the added benefits of reducing a carbon footprint as some animals will now not have a three-hour journey to Dingwall, a 300-mile round trip if you include carcasses returning to Skye. This initiative has the potential to create additional employment to crofters. We wish them every success with this project.”