Caithness Beef and Lamb abattoir in administration
A new £4m meat processing plant in the north of Scotland has been placed in administration.
Caithness Beef and Lamb in Wick, which has only operated trial production runs, is said to be one of the most advanced plants of its kind in Europe.
Administrators RSM Tenon is seeking a buyer for the abattoir.
RSM Tenon said the administration was caused by intense competition and rising costs within the meat slaughtering and processing sectors.
Administrator Iain Fraser said: "We are selling a virtually new plant that could be brought into production relatively quickly and easily.
"The plant took three years to design and build, and features some of the best slaughtering and food processing equipment available."
There were plans to use the plant to develop a range of Caithness-branded meat products, including prime cuts, sausages and haggis.