High River, Alta. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has announced it will invest $10 million in Cargill Meat Solutions, with funds going towards innovative agricultural technologies.
The investment will ensure that the High River, Alta. facility can purchase new equipment designed to reduce waste and costs, while making the plant more competitive and sustainable. As a result it will enable the processor to better serve the beef industry.
Reducing waste and cost
Upgrades include the installation of equipment used to safely dispose of specified risk materials, land fill waste and compost material, which will then be used to produce steam and electricity for the plant. This new process will reduce approximately 60 per cent of the facility’s steam load, and 15 per cent of its electrical load.
“This investment will serve to improve the Canadian beef packing industry and uphold Cargill’s firm commitment to sustainable agriculture and reducing our environmental footprint,” says Scott Entz, general manager, Cargill Meat Solutions.
The investment comes through the Slaughter Waste Innovation Program.