Dogs have always played a major part in our family life. So it is natural that what they eat is very important to us. Raw food was becoming increasingly popular so I decided to do some research on the Internet.

I first fed raw tripe and “pet mince” from the butcher 30 years ago but always worried my dogs weren’t receiving a balanced diet and reverted back to kibble when my children were small. Because of the information on social media around 8 years ago, I started to research a raw diet for my dogs again. Some of the stories surrounding dried food and its contents were terrifying, so I decided to take the plunge and swap my dogs over to raw food again as there was so much more research available. I made the decision that I was going to source all of the food locally and ETHICALLY and went to my local abattoir, which is registered organic. I was told I needed to obtain a licence to be able to feed and transport category 3 animal by products, which is mainly green tripe. So I contacted Defra and obtained a licence to enable us to feed our own animals with the best raw diet they could possibly have.

The results were amazing. Within a week I could see a difference in the appearance of their coats and general health. I became obsessed with raw food and loved chopping and preparing all their meals. I bought a large chest freezer to put in the garage, and another fridge freezer to put in the boot room, so that I could defrost their food in their own fridge. I made charts for each dog, balancing out their food requirements over a fortnight, which also informed family members what the dogs should be fed on particular days. It made my life easier if family members could help feed the dogs too.

After joining some groups on facebook, BARF UK was my first, and meeting like-minded local people, and because I had a licence, I was getting asked if I could provide food for their dogs too. I quickly realised we hadn’t got a supplier that operated in our area. So I applied to Defra once again, but this time it was to open a raw pet food plant in my garage.

Lots of forms had to be filled out and risk assessments completed, as well as additional building work which was carried out by my very supportive husband. On October 16th 2013 I was granted my licence and we operated from our GARAGE. I had a tiny mincer and 1 table for chopping!!. In June 2014, we moved to larger premises as we had definitely outgrown the garage. My first walk-in freezer was the same size as my garage! We are now in 2018 and have moved in to a former abattoir in Newton Abbot which is 7,500 square metres, set in 2 acres and have now got 8 freezers and very high electric bills!!!

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I am an animal lover so ALL my food is as ethically sourced as possible, which for me means BRITISH. I will not entertain buying none stunned halal slaughtered meat, or intensively farmed meat and source LOCAL quality ingredients.Our poultry is free range. I am not yet registered to label and call food organic, something for the future perhaps, although we do use 2 local abattoirs that are licensed as organic. Organic food has to be kept separately and prepared separatey from non organic. If these conditions aren’t adhered to and you have no licence, it’s not organic and cannot be traced as organic.

I don’t believe in importing meat from other countries either. I don’t believe as a company that wants Ethically sourced ingredients it fits in with our ethos. I would need to visit the abattoir it was slaughtered in, and find out about where the animals are sourced from. I wouldn’t just take someone’s word it had a good life and a quick death. We have some of the best conditions in the world believe it or not at the abattoirs in this country and I regularly visit all the abbattoirs we use.

I am an experienced raw feeder first and foremost and am in the process of completeing a course on nutrition for dogs. We have helped hundreds of people make the transition from kibble to raw for their dogs. Do not hesitate to ring if you need our advice on 01803 872041, or email thedogsbutcher@gmail.com. We are always happy to help

Joanne Mcmahon
Proprietor