An organic farmer in Odenwald Kern used to drive his chickens and geese to the slaughter for hours. In order to spare the animals the long journey, he runs a mobile slaughterhouse – the first EU-certified mobile poultry slaughterhouse in Germany.
The chicken is still so stuck up that its head is placed first in the amazing machine. A wave of electricity hits her unconscious. Then everything happens very quickly: a constant cut in the carotid artery dehydrates the animal, then plucks it, spoils it, and cools it.
The first mobile poultry slaughterhouse in Germany approved by the European Union
It all takes place in an 8 x 2.40 meter trailer, mobile poultry slaughterhouse owned by organic farmer Alexander Kern of Mosautal (Odenwald). This 30-year-old is the first in Germany to operate an EU-certified mobile poultry slaughterhouse.
The car looks inconspicuous from the outside. It reminds us a bit of a toilet cart in a first-class event. However, indoors they are fully equipped to slaughter and process up to 600 head of poultry per day to exacting standards.
Organic Farms: Less Pressure on Animals
Kern can use it for slaughter for other farmers or hobby chicken farmers. To do this, the system leads to the farmer. Otherwise, people from the area bring their poultry to it.
“We took this step out of necessity,” the farmer explains. “In the Odenwald region, there is no other way to slaughter poultry.” Since the last slaughterhouse in the area closed last fall, the farmer has been driving his poultry around for up to three hours. “This means stressing the animals.”
Backyard Slaughter Therapy
Avoid long transfers – chickens and geese in particular benefit from this. The purchase may also serve animal welfare in other ways. Kern hypothesizes that a regional show will prevent hobby breeders from slaughtering their own poultry in backyards, which may not be in line with animal welfare.
The slaughter vehicles themselves are not new in Hesse. One of them was operated in Witrow two years ago, and was co-developed by the then Head of the District Veterinary Office and today’s official veterinarian at the Department of Consumer Protection, Veronica Abraham. However, these cell phones do not have EU approval.
Size, cooling and software – all according to EU standards
Animals slaughtered in this way may only be sold to direct marketers or end customers and may not be processed into sausages or other products. “For a farmer who wants to slaughter 200 heads of cattle and sell them, this is a problem,” Ibrahim says. On the other hand, EU approval opens up completely different marketing opportunities.
The new slaughterhouse in Odenwald meets the required standards. “It’s much larger and has an integrated heatsink,” the vet explains. In addition, the chicken will be destroyed during its suspension, and a special device has been developed for this. The program of the amazing system has also been adapted to the requirements of the European Union.
Farmer: “Quality is the most important thing”
According to Kern, small-scale slaughter also ensures high-quality craftsmanship. “And that’s the most important thing,” says the farmer. By his own account, he started his farm in Mühlgrund four years ago “from scratch,” on an empty, animal-free estate. “Today we are a diversified cattle ranch.”
In addition to meat, he now markets eggs and potatoes. Kern takes pride in its products. “Everything with us is 100 percent transparent.” With the idea of a mobile slaughter business for other farm operators, he went a different way.
Other farm operators are happy with the offer
The offer was gratefully accepted by the poultry farmers of the region. “It’s great and very important in general after the last slaughterhouse here closed,” says Catherine Goebel of the Hofgut Oberfeld in Darmstadt. In addition to livestock, on her farm there are many laying hens, hens and geese.
“Small businesses can only keep animals in small regional slaughterhouses,” Goble said. Expect to use the services of Alexander Kern about 10 to 15 times a year. “If he hadn’t done it with Battle Mobile now, I would have thought about it myself.”
Up to 15,000 animals annually
On weekly slaughter days, Kern currently slaughters up to 200 chickens with his mobile phone. At Christmas expect slightly larger numbers. He wants to slaughter about 10,000 to 15,000 birds on the trailer each year.
He invested about 100,000 euros in the purchase of the slaughterhouse and the transfers needed to obtain the certificate. In addition to funding from the state and his own money, he has also mobilized money through crowdfunding. “We wanted to bring the topic to the attention of those around us again.” This is now beyond the state of Hesse.
Farmers from all over Germany keep coming to the farm in Odenwald to catch a glimpse of the trailer. It is very likely that Bauer Kern will not soon be the sole owner of an EU-approved mobile poultry slaughterhouse.
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