Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse

The Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse (chi. 上水屠房) is a slaughterhouse situated in the outer area of Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong. The installation was built by China State Construction. Construction began on February 1997, at a cost of HK$ 1.858 billion. It covered 5.8 hectares, and was claimed to be the largest in Asia by Hong Kong Architectural Services Department.

As of January 2000, pollution and hygienic controls of the slaughterhouse conform to international standard, and received ISO 14001 environmental management certification. The slaughterhouse is currently managed and operated by Ng Fung Hong Limited, who were contracted by the Hong Kong Government.

Today, the slaughterhouse can accommodate 12,000 pigs and 2200 cows. It is outfitted with sewage treatment, a water recycling plant and advanced slaughter machines which can operate mostly without manpower. The facility can slaughter up to 5000 pigs, 400 cows and 300 lambs per day.

Replacement for other slaughterhouses in Hong Kong

The Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse replaced older slaughterhouses in Kennedy Town, Cheung Sha Wan and Yuen Long, which were closed due to their close proximity to urban or residential areas. Before the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse opened, the freight trains that carried livestock from Mainland China through the Lo Wu border station would terminate at Hung Hom Station, which was once the south-most end of former KCR British Section / East Rail.

This slaughterhouse is set in the outskirts in Sheung Shui, next to the rail tracks of MTR East Rail Line between Lo Wu Station and Sheung Shui Station. A dedicated rail branch and freight station were built for unloading the livestock. This relieved the already busy railroads of East Rail Line, which previously shared with the East Rail commuter trains and Through Train service. The dedicated branch also avoids the waiting passengers and residents near East Rail, thus no longer exposing them to the stench from livestock trains.