… The company will take over at a facility previously operated by Moon Ridge Foods, a pork processor that shut down in 2018. Crews are working on extensive upgrades and modifications at the site to accommodate both fed and non-fed beef cattle…
Beef processing plant in Pleasant Hope expected to open in upcoming weeks
By KY3 (MO)
Jan. 10, 2021
PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. (KY3) - Polk County will soon be home to a 100,000-square-foot beef processing plant.
Missouri Prime Beef Packers is expected to begin production in Pleasant Hope later in January 2021, according to a news release from Nextgen Cattle Company.
The company will take over at a facility previously operated by Moon Ridge Foods, a pork processor that shut down in 2018. Crews are working on extensive upgrades and modifications at the site to accommodate both fed and non-fed beef cattle .
“The ownership has shown their commitment to the longevity and success of this plant by empowering us to use our experience to design a state-of-the-art beef processing plant that will be a model for future facilities”, says Nick Paschkov, COO, Missouri Prime Beef Packers. “This company emphasizes food and employee safety and product quality over volume production, and our design accounts for that.”
The plant will have the capacity to process up to 500 head per day. Nextgen Cattle Company says the facility will custom process cattle for a variety of niche programs that emphasize a connection between the consumer and the producer.
“People want to know where their food comes from, and this smaller plant will provide branded beef programs an opportunity to increase their market share”, says co-owner Stacy Davies.
Mike Schmeling, director of operations for the plant, describes the Pleasant Hope facility as the ideal size of a processing plant for producing a quality product…