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Kitset Abattoir For Cleaner Killing

A Feilding company has designed a kitset abattoir that could make animal-killing clean and hygienic in Third World countries. ProAnd Associates is a meat industry consultancy with clients in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa and Saudi Arabia.

"We design big meat processing plants that can cost from $10 million to $100 million," says director Robert Sinclair. "So we looked at what could be done more simply for poorer countries that couldn't afford the big plants.

"Most of the killing is done in the villages or on the side of the roads, and it's not particularly hygienic."

After an approach from a contact who sells milking-machines to Indonesia, he says, the company designed a modular abattoir the size of two shipping containers that would enable animals to be killed, hung and butchered hygienically.

The project was supported by Technology New Zealand, part of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, which invests in research into new products, processes and services.
"Technology New Zealand helped pay for the technical assessment. The critical thing was that we were able to price this structure accurately," Mr Sinclair says. The abattoir is modular, meaning that extras can be added. Little ground preparation is required, "so it can be put anywhere with a simple wood, brick, stone or concrete foundation about one metre above the ground - it can even be on a trailer".

Waste would be collected in storage tanks. "We recognise that these might not be a big priority in poorer countries," Mr Sinclair says. "Many countries depend on United Nations funding, and so the priorities will probably be schools, clinics and sources of clean water. "But the main opportunities might be in tourist areas, where abattoirs supply hotels and restaurants, and a higher standard of hygiene is required." -ends-

Caption: Robert Sinclair of ProAnd Associates - the company's kitset abattoirs could make killing clean and hygienic for Third World countries.

Contact: * Robert Sinclair, ProAnd Associates, 56-62 Stafford St, Feilding. Ph: (06) 323-8633. Email: robert@proand.co.nz. Website: www.proand.co.nz * Philip Mowles, Technology New Zealand at the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology 04 498 7845, or 025 815 426. Website: www.technz.co.nz

Prepared on behalf of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology by ID Communications. Contact: Ian Carson (04) 477-2525. Email: ian@idcomm.co.nz


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