Modern abbatoir under way for Australian cattle

Days after the Australian government announced it had approved the export of 10,000 live cows to Cambodia, a local firm has revealed that it is nearing completion of Cambodia's first modern slaughterhouse in Preah Sihanouk province – and that it is set to be the biggest in all of Asia, The Phnom Penh Post reported.

Hor Sim Leang, managing director of SLN Meat Supply, said that construction of the $15 million slaughterhouse in Prek Toal village was already under way and almost 60 per cent complete.

“We will be the biggest in Asia, the third largest in the world,” Leang claimed, adding that the new slaughterhouse will have the capacity to process 3,000 live cattle per day.

Leang said the facility will be built in accordance with the Australian government’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), and will be ready to receive 10,000 heads of Australian cattle as soon as December this year.

The cattle, which carry a price tag of $1,300 to $1,500 each, will spend an average of two weeks at sea before reaching Cambodian shores, according to Leang.

Up to 30 per cent of the beef processed at the new Preah Sihanouk province slaughterhouse will be sold to local markets at $12 per kilogram, while the remaining 70 per cent will be exported to neighbouring countries.