The history of DSTRCT (2/6)

Short distances. Intelligently networked.

With its direct connection to the rail network and the sewage system as well as its own deep wells, which make it independent of the city’s fresh water supply, the Berlin Central Livestock and Slaughterhouse was already one of the most modern in the world when it was completed. The cattle is delivered directly by goods trains and immediately checked by veterinarians in so-called counting pens. Short distances through effective logistics.

The wagons then pass through a disinfection plant. Five trains, each 400 metres long, can be unloaded simultaneously and up to 50 wagons can be cleaned per hour. Still an enormous achievement today!

Crowd of buyers in the pig sales hall, 1912 (akg images)

In the first business year, 126.347 cattle, 392.895 pigs, 111.937 calves and 650.060 mutton are processed in this way. After the first expansion by more than 10 hectares, realised between 1895 and 1898, a separate power house supplies the cold stores, halls and stables with electricity.

A hall of the Central Livestock and Slaughterhouse (image source: Landesarchiv Berlin, Bildarchiv Stiftung Stadtmuseum).

“The cattle yard, slaughterhouse and wholesale meat market form an inseparable economic whole. The administrative body is the Deputation for the Central Livestock and Slaughterhouse, consisting of 2 magistrate members, one district office member, 11 city councillors and 3 citizen deputies.”

Alfred Döblin, 1929
Partial view of the unloading station with cattle ramps around 1900 (Museum Pankow).

Part 3 of the 6-part series on the history of the DSTRCT.Berlin is dedicated to the topic “Focus: Human and Animal Health.” and we will publish it here on our website in a few days. So stay curious.

Missed a part? No problem. Read here:

Part 1: The beginning. An innovative concept.

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