Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc. – Emo

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Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay‚ÄďAtikokan, Stephen Loshaw, and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay–Atikokan, Stephen Loshaw, and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

A group of forward-thinking farmers from this area have established Ontario’s only not-for-profit abattoir for the region. They took a hands-on approach, planning and managing the construction and operation of the $2 million dollar facility which opened in January 2010. The abattoir can process beef, pork, sheep, elk and bison, and its handling system includes an ear tag reader that enhances food traceability. Now that the region has its own facility, it eliminates the need for livestock to be transported up to six hours away for processing. The abattoir has been designed so that it can be easily upgraded in the future to a federal facility, which will enable broader product sales as demand increases.  Local producers see this innovative approach as a boon for agricultural sustainability in the region.


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