Cattle lines

slaughtering cattle
Sheep lines

slaughtering sheep
Pig lines

slaughtering pigs
Ostrich lines

slaughtering ostrichs
Meat processing linesmeat processing lines
Offal processing plantsoffal processing
Weighing machinesweighing machines
Cold storage

cold storage
Auxiliary plants

auxiliary plants



halal slaughterhouse

dissanguamento rituale


Makkah – The largest sheep slaughterhouse in the world, realized by COGEMAT in Saudi Arabia for 200.000 sheep per day.

The aim of the project was to build a slaughterhouse which, during the Haji religious celebration, could be used for the slaughter of a huge number of sheep brought by the pilgrims at Makkah, to offer as a sacrifice.
Four enormous buildings were constructed with prefabricated steel girders and cement beams, each building containing 40 slaughtering lines and cold stores for meat freezing and storing.

freezing and meat storing The project required the ground floor of the building to be used for sacrificial bleeding according the Muslim religious rites, while the upper floor for the actual slaughter of the animals, as well as for the carcasses freezer storage.

On the ground floor there is also an area dedicated to the processing of byproducts, hooves, intestines and offal, and the cold rooms for frozen meat storing. On the 3rd and last floor there is a rest and refreshment area for pilgrims.

The project was realized bearing in mind the fact that, usually, up to 300,000 Muslim pilgrims per hour arrive at Mecca to offer their sacrificial sheep and the aim was to make the handling of such an important flow of persons and animals much easier than it had been in the past.

In adherence to the buildings, a large number of multi storey sheep pens and fenced off areas were included in the planning so that Muslim pilgrims can choose among the animals originating from different countries the one they want to buy and to sacrifice (the place of origin determines the price of the animal).

Once purchased, the animal is taken to a particular area, designated to the sacrificial bleeding, which can be executed either by the owner himself or by one of the authorized butchers who are constantly present on the site.

ritual bleedingAfter the ritual bleeding, the animals are hung upside down and then mechanically transported to the second level where they are skinned and the internal organs are removed.
One part of the animal meat turns back down to the 1st level to be delivered to the Islamic pilgrim, who had offered it for sacrifice, while all the remaining part gets frozen and stored in huge freezers in order to be distributed to the less wealthy Islamic population during the successive 12 months.