Posted: Feb 6, 2012 3:52 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
Updated: May 7, 2012 6:17 PM
Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) says a plan to build a major pork processing plant in Shelby is in the works.
Schweitzer traveled to China last week and says the demand for pork in China is incredibly high.
He says his office has conducted a feasibility study and determined that Montana has the capacity to process about 800,000 pigs at the proposed site.
Schweitzer said, "What it does is creates a market for Montana grain. So some of you know that when you are feeding Montana cattle and they are on a diet of grain, you need to feed them eight pounds for every pound of beef they make. But pigs are about twice as efficient, so it's about four pounds of grain for every pound of pork."
Schweitzer says this could provide a processing plant for more than 70 Montana pork producers, and that the feasibility study shows this could provide jobs for more than 400 Montanans.