Shropshire abattoir closes

A south Shropshire meat company has announced that it is closing just three years after it was reopened by private investors.

Daysdrove, which owns an abattoir in Bishops Castle and a retail butcher’s shop in Church Stretton, said that both facilities will be closed and are open to offers from buyers.

The business was launched in 2009, with the aim of providing an alternative market for local livestock, and sourced cattle, lambs and pigs for sale into the region’s retail butcher’s shops. However, the company’s directors said that the project had failed due to recessionary pressures and “record” stock prices.

“The business model has proven to be unsustainable in the current climate,” said a spokesperson for the company. “Our scale of operation is simply too small to compete with the major retailers, who are able to sell discounted meat to generate footfall. We are disappointed for the shareholders, stock suppliers, customers and local people, who valued our product and services.”