On Friday 24th April, we welcomed a gathering of
15 of Dovecote Park’s Highland cattle producers and Highland Cattle Society
members to our Stapleton site for a scheme meeting and factory tour.
The day began with a gathering in the conference room, where
the producers along with representatives of the Highland Cattle Society and
several members of the Livestock team met for an update on our Highland scheme and
a focus into areas of improvement for the future.
With the Highland scheme
seeing its seventh year at Christmas, having rapidly expanded since the launch
in 2006, it was highly valuable to reflect on the scheme and emphasise the
importance of the scheme standards.
Additionally, for many of our Highland
producers, it was the first time they had seen Dovecote Park operations first
hand, giving them an insight into the care and attention we dedicate to the
animals they rear for us.
Following the meeting, the producers were then kitted up and
taken on a ‘back to front’ tour of the factory, starting with racking and then
looking through despatch, retail, boning hall, abattoir and finally seeing the
housing and handling facilities in the lairage.
Finally, the producers were taken into the Dovecote Park
restaurant, where they were treated to a Highland beef burger, an opportunity
for them to sample the end product of all their hard work.
The day was a great opportunity for Dovecote Park to look
into the future of the Highland scheme and we would like to thank the producers
and society members for taking the time to attend.
Breed Secretary for the Highland Cattle Society said:
‘It was tremendous to see first-hand the excellent standards and the
procedures carried out at Dovecote Park from start to finish. The welfare of the animals is obviously
paramount which is a very important point for any Highland cattle producer.’