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Ont. Backs Abattoir In Northwest

The Ontario government will put up another $500,000 toward a new multi-species abattoir for the province’s northwestern Rainy River district.

The investment, flowing through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC), will bring provincial support for the non-profit, community-owned abattoir project to $1 million, the province said July 21.

The facility will be at a new industrial park at Emo, near the Ontario-Minnesota border about 150 km southeast of Sprague, Man.

“Developing this agricultural infrastructure will also promote the creation of value-added opportunities in meat processing, such as new dry and frozen meat products,” the province said. “The facility will be used by livestock producers of various species including cattle, sheep, hogs, elk and bison” and is expected to create four permanent jobs.

There are now over 300 livestock operations and over 25,000 head of cattle in the Rainy River district, the province noted.

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