MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, March 31st 2023 - 13:26 UTC



Record season for the Falklands Meat company with over 540 tons processed

Monday, May 7th 2012 - 05:04 UTC
Full article 13 comments
Manager John Ferguson: over £1 million paid out to farmers Manager John Ferguson: over £1 million paid out to farmers

Despite logistical issues in the early part of the season the Falkland Islands Meat Company, (FIMCo) completed a record breaking high season on April 27, with 47,200 sheep and lambs processed and over 540 tons of meat and offal produced, earning farmers more than £1million for their animals.

Manager John Ferguson when asked whether reports were accurate that the company had suffered through payments from overseas buyers being delayed explained there had been difficulties with “the first couple of shipments which meant a delay in the customers receiving the product and therefore farmers being paid,” however, he confirmed, “all is back on track now.”

At that time the company was granted an extension of its overdraft to assist in the short term.

He added: “During the 2011-12 financial year it is expected that over £1million will be paid to farmers for the first time also.”

Mr Ferguson said although lamb volume was slightly down on projections due to the very dry summer, “overall numbers were better than the 46,000 total budgeted, with over 50% being lamb.”

He said productivity was increased by over 40% per day on average rising from approximately 550 in 2011 to 750-800 plus in 2012. 43,800 (93%) of the skins were salted and shipped to Hong Kong in China and 46,500 (98%) casings and small intestines were processed and shipped to Egypt.

“The completion of the major Sand Bay upgrade has made all the difference to productivity and efficiency, as was planned,” said Mr Ferguson.

He said: “Export sales have been more difficult this year, because of the Euro crisis, but most of the product has been sold and shipped, with only three containers left to sell, which we expect to confirm shortly.”

The Falkland Islands Meat Company operates from Sand Bay, south west of Stanley, which is an EU accredited export meat plant (designation FK-01) and is approved for mutton, lamb and beef exports.

Export production is carried out between January and April/May, and the local market is supplied with lamb, mutton, pork and beef.

The plant undergoes regular audits; from export customers, veterinary authorities and EU inspectors. Company quality control procedures are utilised. (Penguin News)


Categories: Economy, Falkland Islands.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules

    When is the Falklands meat (particularly lamb) going to be on sale in the UK.I look forward to tasting the premium organic product when it comes here.

    May 07th, 2012 - 05:48 am 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    It already is for sale in the UK as far as I know. I've seen it in some up-market supermarkets before I can't think which, maybe Waitrose. I've heard the Harrods butcher shop has it as well.

    May 07th, 2012 - 06:22 am 0
  • toooldtodieyoung


    Good on you Falkland Islands!!! It is so good to hear that your economy is on the up and up. If they sold Falkalnd Island meat at the big 3 ( Tesco's Sainbury's Asda ) then I would certainly buy some.

    May 07th, 2012 - 06:57 am 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!