Cattle producers making the move; switching to more home-grown processors
by: Jack Kessler, KAMR-TV | KCIT-TV | KCPN-TV | MyHighPlains.com (TX)
May 9, 2022
WHITE DEER, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Over the past couple of years, there has been a trend of cattle producers moving from big meat processing companies to smaller locally owned processors.
Plant manager at Clint & Sons Further Processing Josh Cook said it started in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.
The increase has been so immense, Clint & Sons had to expand.
“It has drastically increased our business, the overall number of cattle and hogs that we have done per 2020 and after 2020 has been drastically different. We have had to expand in several locations. We have expanded in this processing plant and then we have expanded in the further processing plant both to accommodate the influx of beef and pork that has come in,” said Cook.
Cook said local companies like Clint and Sons do more custom work.
“They call us to bring their animal in, we do most of ours dry-aged, so once they are slaughtered, they are held in a dry-aged cooler for 21 days, and after 21 days, they are cut to the customer’s exact specs, frozen and boxed up for the customers,” said Cook.
Compared to the bigger meat processing companies.
“Either the cattle are sold through a cattle auction, when they are young or some ranchers or farmers or put them in a feed yard and sell them after they have been fed out, but they are at the disposal of the market,” added Cook.
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