Packer picks Saskatchewan

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 28, 2005
by WLJ
Canada Farm Direct concluded that its first beef slaughter and processing expansion should occur in Saskatchewan after meeting with cattle producers and evaluating the future of the Western Canadian beef industry.
“Cow-Calf production and the feelot industry will continue to grow in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. To reach full potential, substantial additional slaughter capacity is needed,” said Dale Mather of Canada Farm Direct in a prepared statement. “We are studying the feasibility of a new facility to complement the other interests we will have in Saskatchewan.”
After concluding its current share offer, Canada Farm Direct will acquire one of Western Canada’s largest slaughter and processing companies. Following the acquisition, processing capacity will be expanded, the release said.
“Swift Current, Moose Jaw and other locations along the Highway No. 1 corridor will be evaluated,” Mather said. “The facility is likely to be built with a modular design so that it can expand with Saskatchewan’s cattle herd to reach an ultimate capacity in the range if 1,400 per day.”
Canada Farm Direct has been meeting with producers in a number of Saskatchewan communities, where slaughter facilities and buyers are few. Keystone Agricultural Producers has organized such a meeting for Portage la Prairie on March 7. — WLJ