JBS USA is opening a 12,000-square-foot cattle-buying station in Denver, Pa. today.
The company is leasing space at 503 School Road, where Goods Livestock buys hogs and operates a livestock truck wash.
In the past, directly working with the packer was only an option for large farms that could send the packer a full semitrailer load of cattle at a time. Lancaster County’s average herd size is about 60 to 75 animals, though, and many farms are dairy farms, which only produce a few slaughter cattle at a time, said Curtis McFadden, the main buyer for JBS.
“This opens up the door to smaller and medium-size operations to work directly with the plant,” McFadden said. “Most people are smaller to middle-sized here.”
He said that he believes the facility is one of the first packer-run buying stations in the region. The buying station will take finished Holstein and beef steers, bulls and cull cows. Baby calves will be purchased through Good’s Cattle Co., which is owned by relatives of Kurt Good but is separate from Goods Livestock, according to Lancaster Online.
McFadden said that JBS will take any packer-ready cattle – dairy or beef.
It took seven to eight months to make the buying station happen. Most of that time went into looking for a location and working with the Goods. Construction only took about two months.