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Online Bids For Meat Plant Metal

As it turns out, the jokes about selling it all on eBay were only slightly off the mark.

Saskatchewan-based Hodgins Auctioneers will be hosting an Internet-only auction of the leftover equipment from the failed Rancher’s Choice Beef Co-op from Sept 23 to 29.

The meat-cutting and slaughterhouse equipment, originally brought to Dauphin from Washington state three years ago, will be sold off in 333 lots.

Collin LeGall, a consultant with bankruptcy trustee Lazer Grant who is overseeing the liquidation, said that after the “disappointing” results of a July tendering process, a decision was made to break up the equipment into smaller lots or individual items so that buyers could pick and choose what they wanted.

The Internet auction process, which resembles that of online auction giant eBay, opens up a much larger potential market, from busy farmers who might want only certain items, to slaughterhouse operators anywhere in the world, said LeGall.

“I’m optimistic that this will generate a positive result,” he said. “There is so much stuff there.”

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