By FWi staff

THE Welsh Meat Company began operating its own abattoir this week, but only for light lambs entered into the governments welfare disposal scheme.

In a joint venture with the previous owners, the 540-member co-operative has re-opened Caerfagu Abattoir at Nantmel in Powys.

In just two weeks about 200,000 has been invested in a refurbished slaughter hall and a modern sheep line.

The co-ops directors anticipate having an export licence by the time the 2002 crop of lambs comes off the farms of mid-Wales.

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