CPoW Livestock Processors Cooperative Association (LPCA), with a current membership of 80, harvested its first livestock on August 22. The USDA-inspected plant was formed by producers, to be owned and controlled by producers. The LPCA provides only the service of USDA harvest and processing, never owning the meat products. Member benefits include receiving a discount over non-members in the harvesting fee and also priority over non-members in scheduling of livestock.
President Willard Wolf of Valleyford said, “The LPCA plant will put more income back into their ranching operations and keep the next generation on the ranch.”
The LPCA plant is located just south of Odessa in the Odessa Industrial Park, with easy access for large trucks and trailers.
The multi-species plant processes cattle, hogs, sheep and goats and has the capacity to harvest 40 head of cattle, or the equivalent in smaller animals, per day.
Out of the LPCA’s efforts, another company was formed called Empire Ranches (ER). David Pendergraft, its president, says, “We are offering marketing services for ranchers’ products to the Spokane and surrounding areas for LPCA members.” The LPCA and ER want to bring locally bred, born and raised meat products directly to local-area consumers.
LPCA treasurer Wade King of Coulee City said, “This plant offers the producers the opportunity of another option for processing, marketing their meat products or using a meat broker, all to retain more income for the producer.”
The LPCA hopes livestock producers will take advantage of their services and join the Co-op. The LPCA plant can be reached at 509-982-0115 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the website www.livestockprocessors.com or go to the group’s Facebook page for more information.