Improvement Vion reopens beef abattoir in Leeuwarden
Vion has improved several technical details of the beef abattoir, which had opened this spring and was designed using the latest insights. During the past few months the company has worked intensively to solve the “teething troubles” that can occur in a new abattoir. For example, the design of the stable has been adapted to facilitate the live inspection of the cows. In the original design there were solid partitions in the stable. These have been replaced by fencing, allowing the veterinary inspector a better view of the animals.
Vion and the Dutch Food and Consumer Goods Authority (NVWA) have used these past months to evaluate the inspection process. Based on the findings Vion has implemented improvements in the line, making the inspection process and the registration of inspection data more efficient.
The beef abattoir in Leeuwarden plays an important role in the sales of beef from the dairy supply chain in the north of the Netherlands. This high-quality chain offers a sustainable sales channel for recognisable meat from the region. The latest insights regarding animal welfare and hygiene have been incorporated into the design of the abattoir. The location has a viewing gallery to make the process inside the abattoir fully visible for visitors. This makes the company the first in the Netherlands to make the process fully transparent for livestock farmers, students, journalists, government officials and other interested parties.