Friday, January 13th 2012 - 14:48 UTC

Falklands plans to export 30.000 lambs this season from upgraded abattoir

The Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) may export up to 30,000 lambs in the coming season compared to 26,000 last year in an abattoir successfully upgraded by local companies, reports the Penguin News in this week’s edition.

Ferguson said Falklands lamb can be sold successfully because it is “lean, with excellent eating qualities”

Manager John Ferguson said major works undertaken by Stewart Construction and Energise will contribute to cost-savings for the company.

Last season the export sales of meat and skins allowed the company to make a small profit for the first time, and as a result “no subsidy has been requested for this financial year,” said Mr Ferguson.

Speaking of the works, Mr Ferguson said, “These are the remaining works of the planned upgrade and we combined them to get it all completed, so we would have the operational cost-savings, efficiencies and of course ability to process skins and red offals properly for export.

“It was a major piece of work, again involving Ian Stewart Construction and Energise FI plus Approved Design Ltd from UK for the new slaughter line and Reid Steel for the buildings.”

The work comprises two additional carcase chillers (extra capacity for 650+ sheep/lamb carcases) covered livestock yards extension, to hold approx 1,000- 1,200 sheep/lamb and 20+ cattle in total and an upgrade sheep slaughter line from manual to a more modern ‘moving’ line to improve efficiencies and increase productivity.

Additional covered space for holding palletised sheepskins and another to protect refrigeration plant has also been created plus an improved livestock unloading and turning area, along with upgrade drainage from plant to beach.

He said, “At present, we are several weeks behind overall project completion, but with many aspects done and operational, costs are expected to remain within budget.

“The completion of the upgrade will put Sand Bay into the type of plant and facilities that should have been built initially for exporting the full range of products required to make the meat industry viable from the Falkland Islands.

“Much appreciation is to be given to FIG and the FIMCo Board for their support during the past few years to achieve this. It also proves that local construction companies can successfully deliver these types of works.”

Mr Ferguson said Falklands lamb can be sold successfully because it is “lean, with excellent eating qualities,” although currently “there is a lack of confidence in what the market prices will be in say 3-6 months when the product reaches the end user.”

As a result some prices are below last years levels. The sixteen week export season began this week and an impressive 58 strong team will deal with both the export and local market. Lamb will be sold to UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain, Egypt and Hong Kong.

Manager of the abattoir John Ferguson told Penguin News that around 42 farms plan to provide the lambs while 60 farms are likely to provide both sheep and lambs.

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1 briton (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 03:16 pm Report abuse
good luck to them, and may the exports grow, creating jobs and prosperity.
2 saphira (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
What he said:)
3 dreyfoss (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 03:59 pm Report abuse
The Islamic community in Britain and Europe provide a huge opportunity for the islands via the export of Sheep meat - even quite old animals are valued for their meat. Surprising the islanders never took advantage of that. Lamb though is especially favoured in islamic cusine so good luck to them if they can break through the tyrannical tariffs imposed on agricultural products by Brussels.
4 Conqueror (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 05:38 pm Report abuse
With the failure of New Zealand to understand the people of the UK, many British people will not buy New Zealand lamb. Now that we have found that New Zealand only uses slaughter methods that result in halal meat.

Don't make the same mistake, Falklands. And don't forget to properly label your meat. If it's halal or doesn't say, I won't buy it. I do support you, but I will not support production of halal meat.
5 Think (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 06:25 pm Report abuse

30.000 animals ……. That’s about 300 tons of processed meat….. ~600,000 U$D at today’s prices.

I’ll have to keep my eyes wide open at the European supermarkets to spot that excellent Halal slaughtered produce from Malvinas.

Would like to organize a “blind test” against the world’s best lamb (and my personal favorite)…………., Icelandic lamb.

Hmmmmm………… All this mutton talk gave me a craving ……I think I’ll cook a nice Smalehovud on Sunday :-)
6 M_of_FI (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 06:27 pm Report abuse
Just another example of Britain stealing the resources of the Falklands from Argentina!
7 dreyfoss (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 08:02 pm Report abuse
@4 conqueror
the reason I suggested the islanders export sheep meat for the Islam market is because it is still customary for sheep in the Islands to be killed by having their throats cut. The only modification the islanders would need to make is to bring a Muslim religious person to the islands to supervise the slaughter then the meat will be good for the european Halal market.
They do this in Argentina now to serve the Muslim people in the cities.
8 Papamoa (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 08:07 pm Report abuse
Why is there only Good News coming from the Falklands!! Every single day more positive results coming from these Dynamic Islands, I expect argentina would like to congratulate the Falklanders for overcoming the obstactables which argentina has put in there way!.

Long Live the Falklands.
9 Bruce (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 08:20 pm Report abuse
7 Dental Floss, last time I went through the abattoir in Stanley they weren't killing the sheep by cutting their throats.
10 Artillero 601 (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
Pardon my ignorance, but the killing of the animal has to be done one way for religious purposes or affects the meat in general ?
11 Think (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 08:33 pm Report abuse
(9) Bruce

May I ask....... How do you slaughter them so?

Do you bore them to death by reading aloud Papamoa's, Conqueror's or Briton's coments aloud to them?
12 Papamoa (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 09:00 pm Report abuse
No you tell them one of your amusing comments works every time!!!


Long Live the Falklands.
13 briton (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 09:02 pm Report abuse
Well you could think about tickling them to death,

The comment at number one was a very good quality comment,
Thinking abt it,

But as the man with the thinking cap knows all,
Then perhaps he can tell us how you kill sheep,
As 95% of us mortals no not .
14 Bruce (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 10:23 pm Report abuse
11 Think, funny man. Did you make that joke up all by yourself?
15 stick up your junta (#) Jan 13th, 2012 - 11:23 pm Report abuse
How do you slaughter them so

Throwing them out of aircraft will do the trick
16 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 12:00 am Report abuse
No need you idiot, Malvinas sheep fly.
17 stick up your junta (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 12:06 am Report abuse
No need you idiot, Malvinas sheep fly

Pity the poor sods thrown out of the argie planes didnt
18 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 12:27 am Report abuse
Nor this poor South African and many others thanks to the many British atrocities aroung the globe.
19 Think (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 02:16 am Report abuse
(14) Bruce

Just an innocent joke to show that, even you, an “Abattoir knowing Kelper” can get things terribly wrong……..
Sheep are, all over the world, slaughtered by cutting their throats……
You want them alive so that that little heart of theirs can pump all that nasty blood out; you know?
20 dreyfoss (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 02:17 am Report abuse
I was just trying to be helpful as I don't hate the islanders and why should I?
I was referring to the estancias or farms. Every year many farms in the islands have to reduce the number of Sheeps on their land and these animals go to waste. The method of killing them is usually by cutting the throat. These animals are not considered good for meat in the islands but in Asian cooking the meat is good because of the way of cooking with spices and tenderisng processes. And I have noticed that in Britain especially sheep meat or mutton is impossible to buy for muslims and they have to import nearly all of it.
I won't mention it again though.
21 Monty69 (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 02:58 am Report abuse
20 dreyfoss
You're partly right- sheep on farms killed for home consumption do usually get their throats cut. Culls are usually shot as there are so many of them, but it does seem like a waste. Some people send cull sheep to the abattoir as there is a market of sorts, but I don't know what. It's a shame because mutton is fantastic meat if you cook it right. I'd add tagine as a good way to cook it. Falkland Islanders do still eat a lot of mutton generally. When we go abroad we find it hard to get.
When our Muslim surgeon wants meat he goes along and says the prayer himself!
22 Malvinero1 (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 04:39 am Report abuse
“Throwing them out of aircraft will do the trick”
Sure sticky and the brits were happy about that!!
“The years 1979-1981 marked a high point in uk-Argentina military cooperation”
23 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 06:47 am Report abuse
I wonder if the Kelpers eat those delicious haggis.
24 stick up your junta (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 10:07 am Report abuse
Your a funny guy, we sell you arms and you use them on your own people and thats our fault?
25 Bruce (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 10:15 am Report abuse
For the first time since I started reading these blogs Think has me intrigued about something. How DO they kill the sheep at the abattoir? Last time I was there I thought I had it explained to me that they give them an electric shock that stuns them and then their heads are cut right off with a big pair of mechanical shears. Maybe I have it wrong but I don't remember seeing their throats being cut.

Could MK or JF or someone else from Sand Bay tell me please? It's got me wondering now.
26 Frank (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 10:56 am Report abuse
Confine the animal in the restraining chute
Immobilize the animal using a captive bolt stunner or other provided device. The stunner may be placed either at a point in the center of the forehead or centered immediately behind the pole. The stunner should be held firmly against the heat at the time of firing. (The purpose for immobilizing the animal is the render the animal unconscious. We don't want to stop the heart because we need it to pump the blood out when ensanguinating.)
Release the immobilized animal from the restraining chute and shackle by one hind shank at a point below the hock.
Hoist to convenient height for exsanguination
Exsanguination. With a sterilized knife, make an incision in the hide just anterior to the point of the brisket and extend to 12-18 inches toward the anterior end of the jaw. Keeping the incision on the center line, thrust the point of the knife upward behind the breast bone (6-8 inches deep). This will sever the carotid artery and jugular vein providing a thorough bleed.
Remove the head. Start at the exsanguination incision and skin ....

Thicko is talking non sense again...
27 Bruce (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 11:36 am Report abuse
Thanks Frank. That clears that up for me. Think was right about something for a change.
28 Think (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 11:42 am Report abuse
Your Comment(25) Bruce

You must be one of those new generation Stanley city slickers……!
Why don’t you pick the phone or go to the pub and ask anybody from camp…..?

You could even read the description at (26), generously rendered by “Frank the Yank ”.

1) You stun (or not) the animal.
2) You cut its throat whilst the animal is alive so its heart can pump the blood out.
3) The animal bleeds to death.
4) You process the carcass.

Is it so difficult to understand?
29 Frank (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 11:51 am Report abuse
Western slaughtering involves stunning the animal then slitting the throat..that is considered 'humane'.... halal involves slitting the throat....

I think I will settle for a lentil burger tonight...
30 lsolde (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 12:25 pm Report abuse
Been in an abattoir in Australia, where pigs were being slaughtered.
They feed them into a compartment on a revolving wheel that decends in a gas chamber.
They hang the carcases & collect the blood which is sold to make plasma, l was told.
Apart from bacon, l don't like pigmeat much.
Sheepmeat is far superior.
31 dreyfoss (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
Yes I did a little research on this subject. The Islamic population of Europe is huge in fact I am astonished at the size of the Muslim European community which is estimated at over 40 millions in Britain alone it is estimated to be perhaps close to 4 millions with many towns and cities like Birmingham and leieceseter almost entirely Muslim.
This is a fantastic economic and political opportuntiy for the Islanders - don't forget my friends you need all the support you can get now.
32 RedBaron (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
From flying sheep to pigs........which brings us neatly to the timetable for Argentine sovereignty of the Falklands.......When pigs will fly !

Long live the Falklands.
33 Bruce (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 04:09 pm Report abuse
28 Think, I am definitely a city boy but we love to get out to Camp whenever we can. Lafonia is our favourite and then San Carlos. Both on East Falkland. Actually you'll have heard of San Carlos. It's where the British ground troops landed when they were forced to defend the islands against your county's aggressive act in 1982.

Have you been to the islands?
34 Think (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 05:02 pm Report abuse
(33) Bruce

35 zethe (#) Jan 14th, 2012 - 08:04 pm Report abuse
“with many towns and cities like Birmingham and leieceseter almost entirely Muslim.”

That is a complete and utter fabrication of the truth beyond anything even half believable. I have LIVED in both Birmingham(Two and a half years) and Leicester(Six months) so i know from my personal experience that what you've just stated is utter nonsense.

There is a large Muslim population in Birmingham, Larger than Leicester i'd say. There are large areas that you'll see with mostly Muslims in them. But nowhere in the region that you have claimed.
36 briton (#) Jan 15th, 2012 - 08:48 pm Report abuse
just scare mongering again
37 dreyfoss (#) Jan 16th, 2012 - 06:29 am Report abuse
My apologies Zethe and Briton...
I must stop using the BBC and the Daily Telegraph as a reliable and truthful source of information so thank you for warning me.
38 briton (#) Jan 16th, 2012 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
39 dreyfoss (#) Jan 16th, 2012 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
more lies from the BBC really must do something about this !
Sharia law spreads through Britain -
40 briton (#) Jan 16th, 2012 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
The BBC must be the only nationalise industry in the world, that stabs its self in the back and puts its foot in its mouth all at the same time,
It has been pulled time and time again about its reporting, but just ignores it,
The BBC thinks it is untouchable, their for it seems to think it can do as it pleases,
It normally does,
And the government fails to rein it in.
That’s about it .

41 lsolde (#) Jan 17th, 2012 - 09:36 am Report abuse
Used to really enjoy the BBC Far Eastern Service, but they do put their foot in their mouth sometimes.
They announced the Para's positions & intentions at Goose Green.
Gave the Argentines vital information.
Someone's head should have rolled for that one.
42 Artillero 601 (#) Jan 17th, 2012 - 02:06 pm Report abuse

They announced the Para's positions & intentions at Goose Green” ... during the conflict?
43 briton (#) Jan 17th, 2012 - 06:32 pm Report abuse
They keep doing it,
don’t get wrong they produce great programs,
And a channel without adverts is great when watching films,

But sometimes they just go to far .
44 lsolde (#) Jan 18th, 2012 - 10:55 am Report abuse
@42 Artillero601,
Thats what they did alright, as “news”.
The Argentine lntelligence Service was monitoring the BBC & other sources of course.
Naturally, that was their job.
We did it too.
Argentine lntelligence picked it up & passed the information on to their forces at Goose Green.
Forewarned is forearmed.
We lost a lot of men.
Personally l would have charged the guilty ones in the BBC as traitors.
They are indeed lucky that l am not their Judge.
That's war.
45 briton (#) Jan 18th, 2012 - 08:40 pm Report abuse
judge judy [USA
judge Isolde [UK]
and indeed they are were very lucky .

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