05/04/18 Updated 25/07/19

SuKarne thinks big

SuKarne recently built a new slaughter and processing plant in Durango, Mexico. This new plant is part of a comprehensive agriculture site where adjacent feedlots hold approximately 250,000 head of cattle – dairy cows, steers, heifers and bulls.

Because of the varying sizes of the cattle, SuKarne decided to build what’s known as a "cattle, multispecies, slaughtering facility".

Cattle carcasses being processed in SuKarne's cattle, multispecies, slaughtering facility in Durango, Mexico.


To suit SuKarne’s particular needs, MPS Meat Processing Systems (now Marel Meat) designed, delivered and installed a high-speed slaughtering plant with a capacity of 165 cattle per hour.

The plant in Lucero includes a center track restrainer stunner based on a Temple Grandin design, a stand-alone knocking box with features on restraining heads, shoulders and animal lengths and a landing table according to the latest animal welfare requirements.

The hides-on department (i.e. the skinning floor) is equipped with a number of free elevating platforms that allow an operator to adjust his position depending on the work he’s doing on the animal in front of him.

The hides-off department (i.e. the evisceration floor) is equipped with several features that are unique in their design and never before seen in the Americas. The paunch-harvesting carousel, for instance, allows for up to four operators to fully eviscerate an animal and can be adjusted according to the length or height of the animal.

 The paunch-harvesting carousel which can be adjusted according to the length or height of the animal.


To optimize and control operations inside the slaughter hall, SuKarne also installed Marel’s Innova Slaughter Control software. This software monitors and controls the slaughter process from the receiving of animals to their classification.

It allows processors to control and monitor the slaughter process in real time while ensuring traceability and the execution of quality-control procedures.

The software also enables data collection at key points in the process, such as:

  • receiving of live animals
  • sequencing
  • veterinary inspection
  • classification
  • process weighing

When animals are received, a touchscreen terminal is used to update or record all information—including race, weight and grade—as they enter the slaughterhouse.

As the animals pass through the slaughterhouse, data continues to be collected at various collection points and used throughout the process. For example, at the point of veterinary inspection, the carcass is checked for blood spots and other defects or diseases.

The veterinarian then assigns the animal to further slaughter or decides if it should be detained or destroyed.

In the cutting area, the split carcasses continue to be monitored via the Innova Slaughter Control software. In the classification terminal, the classification and weight of the animal is registered and the final slaughter label is printed.

Data from the entire production process can be made available on control screens and in slaughter reports. The reports typically include information about input/ output registrations, the veterinarian’s remarks and carcass yields.

The software also allows for full animal traceability, along with information on the day of production, shifts, production orders, lots and resource areas.

The Innova Slaughter Control software installed in the primary processing area at SuKarne’s Lucero plant communicates with the Innova deboning software installed in the secondary processing area (deboning and trimming) of the plant.

With the Innova software it’s possible to trace products all the way to finished products. The software in the slaughter, deboning, and pack and portioning areas gives us the full overview. It is like we were blind before, and now we see things as they happen. And we can manage them., Processing Projects Manager - SuKarne


The general benefits of using the software in the slaughter hall include:

  • connects to equipment including grading devices and rail control systems
  • enables production decisions and planning downstream in deboning and trimming hall (StreamLine)
  • provides real-time production information
  • collects yield information from slaughter process
  • exports data to other systems, such as payment systems
  • integrates seamlessly with other modules