Troy Berglund, the owner of Mt. Joseph Family Foods, wants to bring a mobile slaughter unit to Joseph so local ranchers can market their meat locally.
The USDA has recently changed some of its requirements, allowing smaller processing plants to be built. Berglund said 83 percent of the nation’s cattle are processed at 22 plants owned by three companies, which causes beef to travel hundreds of miles before it makes it to the dinner plate.
“The idea has been kicked around Wallowa County for around 30 years,” Berglund told approximately 50 ranchers Tuesday night at Enterprise’s Cloverleaf Hall. “Many locals desire to have slaughter facilities closer by.”
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