Hook & Gambrel

Ideally, the abattoir operation should use the line-slaughter system where the carcass will be hoisted up, preferably during the start of bleeding. The process has become much easier with the right tools, including a hook and gambrel.

This particular tool is used to hang carcasses and quarters, either on rails or in a cool room. You have many options when it comes to a hook and gambrel. You may find some options that use stainless steel while others are made of another material, such as plastic.

Some butchers and meat shops choose plastic over steel because it is more affordable. Also, it is much safer for food consumption, specifically if the plastic is of a food-grade variety. Another thing to consider is the durability of the hook and gambrel. Before you purchase, it is necessary to research whether or not the tool can take whole carcasses or a much lighter piece.

You may also want to look into other things, such as whether or not the product supports swivelling. For many butchers, it is an important feature since it allows the carcass to turn easily during processing.