BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A nonprofit in Montana plans to open a slaughterhouse that may kill and course of cattle donated for meals banks.
The $2.5 million Producer Partnership plant exterior Livingston will be capable of course of 300 animals per 30 days by subsequent 12 months, the Billings Gazette reported.
Ranchers who donate cattle for meals banks can have entry to the processing plant for their very own retail gross sales.
The Producer Partnership shaped final 12 months to assist struggling communities in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership has donated 80,000 kilos (36,000 kilograms) of hamburger prior to now 12 months and a aim of 140,000 kilos (64,000 kilograms) a 12 months.
The group has struggled to safe area at slaughterhouses, nevertheless, limiting what number of donated animals it could actually settle for.
“We’ve been attempting to get kill dates at completely different crops. That proved to be arduous to discover a kill date within the first place after which we wound up with so many animals donated that we couldn’t discover sufficient dates,” mentioned Mayzie Purviance, Producer Partnership program administrator.
The processing plant will probably be federally inspected, that means ranchers who select to make use of the power for direct retail gross sales will be capable of ship meat out of state, Purviance mentioned.