Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Levinoff plant to be auctioned

The Levinoff-Colbex plant that Quebec’s dairy farmers bought and went bankrupt is now up for auction.

Barliant Auctions will auction the facilities and equipment Tuesday, Dec. 2.

In an advertisement in Meatingplace Magazine, which is highly respected in the North American meat-packing industry, Barliant calls the plant:

“56,000 square feet complete state of the art cattle slaughter facility;

“4,750 cattle per week capacity;

“Largest cull cattle slaughter processing facility in Eastern Canada.”

Farmers bought the plant in the aftermath of a ban on exporting cattle arising from the discovery that an Alberta cow had died of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow’s disease).

Prices for cull dairy cows collapsed to close to nothing. In Ontario, Gencor, a cattle-inseminating business mainly for dairy farmers, bought a packing plant in Kitchener and upgraded it to federal meat inspection standards to process cull cows.

That plant also ended in bankruptcy after the border to the U.S. re-opened.