Dawn Meats confirm today that it has concluded a deal to acquire a UK abattoir based in Cornwall.

The business, which was previously owned by the Jasper Family, has a beef abattoir and boning facility in Treburley, Cornwall. It can slaughter up to 1,000 cattle per week, of which a high percentage are directly transferred into the cutting room, according to Dawn Meats. Unprocessed meat is sold directly from the abattoir as sides or quarters of beef, it added.

Commenting on the deal David Jasper said: “We have known and done business with Dawn Meats for many years. We are pleased that Dawn has decided to invest in Cornwall and we are confident it will continue our tradition of providing great service to both our farmers and our customers.”

Meanwhile Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats, said: “Dawn Meats is pleased that the Jasper family and staff will remain with the business, which is well invested and operates to the highest standards. It is also highly complementary to our existing abattoir in Devon.”

The deal underlines how far Dawn Meats has come since it was established in 1980 as a family enterprise. It has grown to become the supplier of choice for customers of quality Irish and British meat. Dawn now has multiple sites in the UK and Ireland and one in France.

Dawn Meats’ product portfolio spans all beef and lamb cuts, through fresh and frozen beef patties to fully cooked ready to heat meal solutions. A €1bn turnover business, it has 2,700 employees.

Dawn has four primary processing plants in Ireland in Mayo, Laois, Cork, Waterford and six primary processing facilities in the UK, located in Bedfordshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Ayrshire in Scotland, Devon and now in Cornwall. It also has a state-of-the-art retail and foodservice packing facility in Carmarthenshire Wales and two foodservice and frozen patty sites in Waterford Ireland.

Pcitured were: Niall Browne, Group CEO, Dawn Meats and Charlie Coakley, Group Environmental Manager, Dawn Meats