The owner of a long-standing family-run abattoir has announced its closure after more than two decades of serving the Yorkshire Dales community.

McIntyre Meats, which has called Bainbridge in Wensleydale home for the last 23 years, has decided to cease production, citing the running costs and the extensive regulations on the trade as factors for winding down operations.

The business, which is owned by husband and wife Martin and Lindsey McIntyre, will have its last slaughter day on March 27, but the cutting room will continue to operate for "three to four weeks" after that.

The closure means eight members of staff will be made redundant.

The Northern Farmer: McIntyre Meats, which has called Bainbridge in Wensleydale home for the last 23 years

Announcing the closure, Mr McIntyre said: "The main factor is having to jump through hoops. After 23 years in the business, we've had enough.

"Me and Lindsey are both at the age where our daughters don't want to go into the business, and we want to enjoy life.

"It's quite an emotional time and I'm lost for words, but the stress levels have been absolutely constant – it continues 24/7."

Mr McIntyre highlighted the high points over the 23 years as being the community backing, and the fact that meat from Wensleydale had been imported all across the world.

"The community has always been fantastic," he said. "It's one of the reasons we've done this for 23 years, but now we've announced the closure, I feel it's a weight off my shoulders from the stress.

"The pinnacle of production was seeing the meat go to Greece, Dubai and other global locations – it made us proud to do that."

The shrinking number of smaller abattoirs is a major concern for farming and food business. A recent survey carried out by the Sustainable Food Trust and National Craft Butchers found the loss of the facilities has left those who use them reliant on only a handful of remaining operators, creating a fragile system that is vulnerable to collapse.

Upper Dales North Yorkshire councillor Yvonne Peacock said the closure of McIntyre Meats is a loss for both farmers and the hospitality sector in the Yorkshire Dales.

"It's not good for farmers," said Cllr Peacock. "I don't know where the nearest abattoir will be. It could be a lot of miles away.

"It's also awful news for restaurants who source local meat for their dishes. A lot of visitors want to know where their meat is coming from – and it's a great pride thing to be able to tell them that it's come from just down the road.

"This might not happen now, though.

"The amount of rules and regulations that McIntyre's has had to withstand, I strongly believe that there are more regulations attached to farming than if you went into hospital for an operation."