From Iceland — Slaughter Season Starting In Selfoss

Slaughter Season Starting In Selfoss

Published September 8, 2021

Reetta Huhta
Photo by
John Pearson

Slaughter season has started at Sláturfélag Suðurlands (SS) in Selfoss. Approximately 104,000 sheep will be slaughtered during the upcoming weeks, reports Vísir.

Farmers from the south of Iceland will now deliver their sheep to the slaughterhouse, where several thousands of lambs will meet their end daily. Benedikt Benediktsson, the production manager of SS says that this slaughter season seems to be a good one, even though they’ve faced some struggles hiring people. “There are a lot of possibilities to work in the tourism industry and that’s why it’s hard to get people to work here in the countryside”, he comments.

During the slaughter season, it is extremely important to obey the disease control regulations. According to Benedikt, they are following very strict rules considering disease control. “The slaughterhouse is closed to all outsiders, and of course we’re taking care of all the infection control”, he says.

A lot of life in the house during slaughter season

Benedikt says that they are excited for the slaughter season to start, since it brings a lot of life to the company. “Many wonderful people come to work for us, and they always bring good vibes to the place. There’s always a lot of life here during this season”, he says.

Grapevine isn’t sure if Benedikt was including the lives of the soon to be slaughtered sheep in his statement when referring to the liveliness of the slaughter season.

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