Skye’s fight to have its own abattoir on the island has taken a significant step forward.
With full planning permission already given a crowdfunding campaign is about to begun to help raise at least some of the expected cost of the facility, which will be just over £1million.
Local MSP Kate Forbes and the chairwoman of the Scottish Food Commission and founder of Skye’s world renowned Three Chimney’s restaurant, Shirley Spears, have already given their backing to the fund-raising plan.
The initial intention of the Skye and Lochalsh Meat Supply Group, who are the driving force behind the new abattoir, is to try and raise at least five percent of the total cost through crowd funding. This would involve getting financial support from contributions, both large and small, given to the initiative.
In recent years the only alternative of local crofters and meat producers to have their beasts slaughtered has been to travel to Dingwall with all the inherent costs of transportation and stress for the animals.