Cargill High River Beef Plant Gets Help from Provincial Government
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
One of Alberta’s largest beef processing plants – Cargill, is working with the provincial government to re-open the plant after unprecedented floods.
Premier Alison Redford said she is optimistic that the plant will be able to re-open soon. Cargill employs about 2,000 people in the area impacted by the flood. The plant typically processes 4,500 head of cattle on a daily basis.
“In the days ahead, we will continue to work with Cargill on a solution that will keep cattle moving through the plant, keep people working, and keep the economic heart of High River beating,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The company’s processing facilities were not flooded, but access to clean water for operations were impacted. Cargill said that it hopes to have usable water for the plant to resume operations by next week. Alberta officials continue to work and restore water services to the Town of High River.