Its never easy is it ? We send sheep & pigs to our small, local, abbottoir , which is a 20 minute trailer ride away. Its behind the traditional butchers shop; they're booked in & killed almost immediately after arrival ( under veterinary supervision ) & the staff are experienced with handling stock & (hopefully) theres no rough stuff.
We handle all the' stock' daily so they are happy with being touched & moved around by people, we hope this will make their last hour or so easier.
Poultry is killed on the farm, they are literally picked up ( which they're all used to ) & taken around the corner to the shed where they're dispatched ; its all over in less than 5 minutes .
We try & give all our animals the best possible life we can provide for them, they all free range & get to live as natural & happy lives as we can provide ; & we do our best to ensure that they are killed quickly & humanely.
At the end of the day, we ( ourselves ) choose to eat meat, meat that we know has had a good life & humane death ; as opposed to buying a neat looking , packaged parcel of meat from a supermarket, which may look appetising but who knows how the animal was cared for & treated during its life ?
Chickens, ducks, geese, horses, dogs, cats & anything else that turns up on our doorstep won't be turned away.