New multi-species slaughter facility proposed in Montana

A Canadian livestock production and animal nutrition corporation is seeking to build Montana’s largest slaughterhouse and meat processing facility near Great Falls.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Friesen Foods has filed a Special Use Permit (SUP) with the Cascade County Planning Division for the proposed “Madison Food Park” complex, which could employ 3,000 people. When fully operational, thousands of tons of beef, pork and chicken could be shipped to consumer markets throughout North America.

“In addition to the meat packing elements, the project will also incorporate facilities for the processing of both fresh milk supplied by local and regional dairy producers into a variety of cheese products, as well as a distillery, which will source the grain necessary for the production of Montana branded spirits from cereal crops grown by area farmers,” Friesen Foods said.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the Cascade County Planning Division has confirmed that 3,018-acres of undeveloped farmland has been sold to Friesen Foods. The new facility would have the potential to process 165 truckloads of cattle, hogs, chickens and bulk milk each week.

Source: Dairy Herd