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Positive Production and Sales at Sand Bay Abattoir

The Falkland Islands Meat Co Ltd (FIMCo) is soon to complete a very successful seventh export season.  The plant has maintained an average of 450 sheep/lambs per day processed.  Phase One of the plant upgrade has been completed, with the majority of the outstanding compliance-related issues being solved. In particular, the packaging store and a proper dispatch area have greatly assisted the day-to-day operation, and the loading of product into reefer containers has speeded up considerably.  Value adding to the basic cuts is now possible due to the expansion of the cutting room as part of the upgrade.  Product quality has also been enhanced by the installation of a low voltage stimulation system which improves the meat tenderness.  Export sales have been as good as the previous year and in a number of cases higher prices achieved, despite the recession.  Customers this year are in Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the UK.