Gut conversion

Newfoundland’s only chicken production and processing plant considers alternative to dumping 25 tonnes of offal a day 150 kilometres away.

After two years of dumping much of its animal byproducts in a landfill, the owners of this province’s only chicken producer and processing operation say they are close to making a decision on whether to build a plant that converts the offal into meal and fat for animal feed.

Country Ribbon CEO Ian Pittman said the company is at the planning and budgetary stage, and expects to decide on whether to build the 1,000-square-metre facility “as soon as possible.”

The plant will convert byproducts such as feathers, bones and innards into feed for livestock, including the province’s mink industry, Pittman explained.

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