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Sask. hog plant plan enters second phase

by 5m Editor
4 December 2007, at 11:32am

US - Plans to build a new one million-head per year hog slaughtering facility in Saskatchewan have officially entered their second phase of development, according to a consultant involved in the project.

Jim Ramsey, a project consultant for Fishing Lake First Nation and chairman of the project, said the first phase involved completing a due diligence report.

"The first level review shows, that from a business planning and a market analysis point of view, this is a good project and that conditions are favorable for pushing towards the second phase," Ramsey said by telephone.

The Fishing Lake First Nation expects to be in a position to break ground for construction at Saskatoon by this coming spring, Ramsey said.

The Saskatchewan Slaughter Plant Initiative, a partnership involving the Fishing Lake First Nation, the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board, Big Sky Farms and the provincial government, has been working toward the construction of the Saskatoon facility since Maple Leaf announced about a year ago that it would close its hog slaughtering facility in that city.

The closure of that facility left the province without an active hog slaughtering outlet. Producers in the province have been shipping hogs to slaughtering facilities in Brandon, Man. and Red Deer, Alta., and some into the U.S.

Source: CountryGuide

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