The abattoir steering committee of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association told members last Wednesday night they are very close to announcing an abattoir in Rainy River District.
Committee member Steve Loshaw said while they have not has as many members join the abattoir project as investors, with 87 signed up to contribute at least $2,000, they’re confident they are getting close to reality.
“We had hoped to raise $600,000,” he noted.
They have raised about one-third of that, but feel they will be able to take out a mortgage on the balance, as well as accessing government grants to pay the other two-thirds of the projected cost of $1.8 million.
That would build them a 6,000 sq. ft. facility.
The committee also has selected an operational lessee—North End Farms of Rainy River—to run the facility.
“We are currently in the business planning stages,” said Loshaw. “We will then apply for government grants and step up our membership drive.
“We hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks.”
Loshaw said the committee currently is securing property and hopes the abattoir is up and running by June, 2008.
But after the meeting, Stratton sales barn manager Russell Richards told the Record that he and another investor are close to opening an animal kill plant of their own—separate from the RRCA’s initiative.
“We should have some really good news in a couple of weeks,” Richards said.