PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd brought 1,700 cattle into the country from Australia to the newly built feedlot of the company at Batang Mitus Agricultural Development Area to ensure that there is adequate supply of beef for local consumption in the coming months especially during the COVID-19 outbreak.
PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd General Manager Haji Muhammad Sabirin bin Othman highlighted, “With the support from relevant authorities as well as collaboration from key players in the industry, PDS Abattoir will play a key role in monitoring and ensuring that meat supply will continue to be readily available from the various retail outlets and the usual distribution channels. Collectively the beef industry is blessed with adequate slaughtering, processing and cold storage capacity to fulfil the local demand.
“The arrival of the 1,700 cattle also represents the first batch of cattle to enter the recently completed PDS Abattoir’s feedlot at Kampong Batang Mitus. This signifies a milestone for both PDS Abattoir and everyone who has been instrumental in making the vision of having the first feedlot facility in Brunei a reality. Although originally intended for feedlot activities, the facility will for now be temporarily used as a holding yard for ready-for-slaughter cattle,” he added.
Despite having to defer its feedlot activities, he said, “PDS Abattoir is grateful for the opportunity to play its role in supporting the initiatives to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the situation improves, PDS Abattoir will initiate its feedlot operation and pursue its intention of being a key player both domestically and internationally.”
The newly built feedlot can accommodate up to 2,000 live cattle and is phase one of PDS Abattoir’s feedlot project. Phase two and three are in the process of construction and will add more feedlot to bring another 4,000 holding capacity. Altogether after completion, PDS Abattoir can house up to 7,000 cattle at a time.