This is inconvenient for those wanting to restructure the meat industry who argue that there is over capacity in killing space.
What would happen to the stock that farmers are selling now if there was less capacity?
Holding stock would put its health at risk unless farmers could buy supplementary feed and that could be too expensive for many.
How much killing space is enough?
There are strong arguments on the grounds of animal welfare to ensure that meat works can cope with surges of stock during prolonged dry spells which means there will be surplus capacity when the weather puts less pressure on feed.