A trea­sure for life

Loch Leven Slaugh­ter House Ltd. owner proud to ac­cept busi­ness award of dis­tinc­tion

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BAY ST. GE­ORGE SOUTH, N.L. — Recog­ni­tion by his busi­ness com­mu­nity peers sends a mes­sage to Wade Al­ley things are on the right track at Loch Leven Slaugh­ter House Ltd.

Al­ley re­cently re­ceived a CBDC Busi­ness Award of Dis­tinc­tion.

“It’s a trea­sure for life,” he said in an in­ter­view following the award pre­sen­ta­tion. He re­ceived the hon­our at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of CBDC Long Range at Dhoon Lodge in Black Duck Sid­ing Oct. 23.

Al­ley started out farm­ing a wide va­ri­ety of vegeta­bles and rais­ing live­stock in Loch Leven, Bay St. Ge­orge South. When he got into the slaugh­ter­house busi­ness he be­came more se­ri­ous about be­com­ing an en­tre­pre­neur.

At one point, he used to over­win­ter some 125 to 150 ewes and is still into beef, goats and sheep, all nat­u­rally grazed.

The an­i­mals sup­ply his mar­ket, but he also pur­chases nat­u­rally-raised live­stock from other lo­cal farm­ers.

Al­ley, who turns 68 on Nov. 2, said the busi­ness keeps him busy and he is now pleased to have work­ing in the busi­ness his 49-year-old son Shel­don Al­ley, who re­tired from the mil­i­tary in Septem­ber 2018.

Shel­don said he’s quite happy to work with his dad to learn the busi­ness that opened its doors 16 years ago. He helps with the day-to-day oper­a­tion and makes sausages dur­ing moose hunt­ing sea­son.

A busi­ness sta­bi­lizer was en­try into sec­ondary pro­cess­ing about 10 years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to Wade Al­ley, the first sec­ondary pro­cess­ing course on the is­land was held at his build­ing.

Dur­ing an ac­cep­tance speech on be­half of his dad, Shel­don said his fa­ther faced sev­eral chal­lenges along the way, but each one only strength­ened his re­solve to en­sure the suc­cess of his dream.

He said his fa­ther built the busi­ness from the ground up and that hon­esty, qual­ity, crafts­man­ship and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice are tenets he em­ploys and en­sures are em­u­lated by all his em­ploy­ees.

Wade said the CBDC Long Range and the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion were both in­stru­men­tal in his suc­cess through all phases of his busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

He also said the re­cent farm­ers mar­ket tri­aled in Stephenvil­le is an ex­cel­lent av­enue to cre­ate foothold in the mar­ket. Al­ley ap­plauds this ini­tia­tive and hopes it be­comes a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the com­mu­nity.


Wade Al­ley dis­plays a slab of beef ready for cut­ting at his butcher shop in the Lock Leven Slaugh­ter House.

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