Beef plant harvesting cattle, sale barn closing
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:28 AM
Last week one agriculture entity received news it could up production while another notified the public it would be shutting its doors.
Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen, S.D., long delayed in getting its business up and running, is finally harvesting cattle.
Meanwhile, Northern Livestock Auction in Minot, N.D. reported it would be closing due to the nearby railroad expanding.
On Oct. 22, Northern Beef Packers was told it may continue to increase production after passing inspection by the Aberdeen Building Inspections Department, reports the Aberdeen American News.
The plant was OK'd to slaughter 150 head of cattle Oct. 23. Additionally, the plant could slaughter up to 200 cattle each day on Thursday and Friday.
Northern Beef began slaughtering cattle the week of Oct. 15, said Brett Bill, Aberdeen planning and zoning director. He said he does not know how many cattle were processed each day.
Beef plant officials have not said how many cattle they are slaughtering.
The temporary certificate of occupancy issued to the plant Oct. 16 allows for limited production and testing. Each week, the plant must complete a short list of building or safety projects to allow it to continue to increase production.
A livestock auction business in Minot, Northern Livestock Auction, that has been a staple of the area ranching scene for more than half a century is being forced to close to make way for new railroad tracks.
The Minot Daily News reported that BNSF Railway earlier this month gave Northern Livestock Auction until Jan. 31 to move off its property, where the business leases land. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring helped negotiate an extension until March 15.
Auction co-owner Roger Sundsbak said he isn't shocked that the railroad is expanding track in the area, given the booming business in the western Oil Patch. He has planned the last sale at Northern Livestock for Jan. 29.
Sundsbak isn't sure whether the business will sell off its equipment or rebuild somewhere else.