Value added to farm business through private kill retail

The number of abattoirs in the UK is declining and they are becoming more specialised. As a result, it is become more difficult for farmers to access a private kill service in order to retail their own meat. 

This research seeks to understand the value added to farm businesses when using a private kill service to retail own meat. Our focus is specifically on farmers who finish cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer.

The study is funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.  This charitable organisation has deep-rooted interests in the wellbeing of farming families, viable farm businesses and the rural economy throughout the UK.

The research is conducted by staff at Newcastle University. Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

How long will it take and what does it involve?

The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. It will involve answering questions regarding the value added to your livestock when selling them through your private kill retail business compared to liveweight/deadweight sales.

Your participation is voluntary
You can refuse to take part in this research by not completing it and you are free to exit the survey at any time, without any penalty. 

Your answers are confidential
Your survey answers will be stored in a password protected electronic format. The survey does not collect identifying information such as your name or contact details. All responses will be aggregated with others for analysis so it will not be possible to identify your individual responses in the final report. Your participation is completely anonymous.

Contact us
If you have questions about the study or the procedures, or if you are interested in contributing further information to this project, please contact Rachel Peden at

If you would like to participate please continue to the start of the survey. Commencement of the survey will be taken as an indication that you give your consent for your responses to be used in this research study. It will not be possible to remove your responses from the study at a later stage.

Before you commence, please be sure that:

You have read the above information

You voluntarily agree to participate

You understand that your information will be treated in strict confidence and any written work arising from this study will not identify you.

You are 18 years of age or older

You agree that your responses will be used for the purposes of the research outlined above and reported in academic research papers, written reports and media articles.