Area abbatoir set to open as a non-profit

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Published on: October 13, 2016

Recorder & Times / Darcy Cheek / 12 October 2016

schaefer-bernickyWhen Rideau Meats in Smiths Falls closed early in 2015 Barbara Schaefer felt she had to do something to try and keep local livestock producers from spending more of their hard-earned cash transporting cattle, swine and sheep to a dwindling number of available slaughterhouses.

With a local facility on Addison Road vacant, the Athens-area heritage swine producer embarked on a mission to fill a void in the local livestock industry.

“The writing was on the wall for the region,” said Schaefer from the plant on Wednesday. “(Rideau Meats) was the largest and the busiest slaughterhouse in the area.”

Schaefer was soon convinced a former abattoir vacant for several years could be rejuvenated. She formed the not-for-profit Farmersville Community Abattoir and sold memberships to raise capital for renovations.

The abattoir went through its final Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Development food inspection branch inspection last week and is expected get its operational license this week.