Launch of New West Yorkshire Abattoir

West Yorkshire’s newest abattoir in Halifax was unveiled at an open weekend on October 24 and 25, attend by regional farmers, butchers and livestock auctioneers.

The project is the brainchild of farmers and wholesale butchers J&E Medcalf, which is this year celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary. It heralds a brand-new era for the family-run firm.

The Medcalf Family

The Medcalf Family

The £2m investment, which is supported by a Defra grant, has created a 7,000 sq ft state-of-the art multi-species abattoir on the Burrwood Trading Estate in Holywell Green, which will double the capacity and offer easier access than Medcalf’s current base on nearby Jagger Green, Halifax, the company’s home for the past 18 years.

Established by brothers Jack and Eric Medcalf, the company is now run by the second and third generation of the Medcalf family, headed up by Gerald Medcalf, a well-known and respected face in regional agricultural circles.

The firm sources locally reared prime cattle and lambs from the area’s livestock marts on a weekly basis and supplies Yorkshire butchers and farm shops with its meat, as well as providing a service for other local farmers.

Mr Medcalf said:
“Our key aim throughout has been to provide a first-rate resource that offers traditional and fully traceable quality meat products, sourced from many of the region’s leading farmers.

“Animal welfare is also extremely important to us and we are keen to build on the confidence and trust we have established over many years. We want our customers and, in turn, their customers to know exactly what they are eating and where it has come from. Provenance is at the heart of everything we strive to achieve.

“Our new building will make things a whole lot easier for us and allow us to dramatically improve efficiencies. We are continually governed by EU legislation and to be operating from modern, up-to-date, well-equipped premises will allow us to adapt to any changes far more effectively. We are confident that we are plugging a much-needed gap in our area.”

Mr Medcalf and his son Robert are ringside regulars at Skipton Auction Mart, where they buy commercial cattle and retail animals, along with prime lambs virtually on a weekly basis for their customers, including multiple prize winners at monthly prime shows.

Craven Cattle Marts’ general manager Jeremy Eaton said:
“We will always work to support anyone who is working in the red meat sector, particularly where it supports local wholesale and retail butchers. The Medcalf family initiative is to be applauded.”

Robin Moule

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