A new beef processing plant is in the works south of Kuna, Idaho. The J.R. Simplot company, along with Caviness Beef Packers from Texas, will bring about 600 new jobs to the area with the processing plant.

The companies plan to break ground on the $100 million plant this spring. The opening of this plant comes several years after Simplot's former processing plant in Nampa, Idaho, closed.

"We had a plant in Nampa that we closed in 2003," Simplot spokesman Ken Dey told Stephanie Zepelin of Idaho's KTVB. "It was an aging plant and it wasn't efficient anymore and it wasn't profitable.

Dey said that this plant will be one of the most humane and technologically-advanced plants in the region, and that it would be very different from the Nampa plant. This plant will be a cull cow plant where both dairy and beef cattle producers can bring animals that need to be removed from their herds. So far, Idaho doesn't have a cull cow processing plant.

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