ARGILLITE Less than a calendar year ago, 494 Log City Highway in Argillite was just one particular man’s subject and aspiration.
Tyler Wells, a local cattle farmer, usually required to open up a meat packing facility — a spot wherever ranchers like him could get their heads of cattle to current market and process them into steaks, floor beef and the like.
From all odds — immediate inflation, the financial turmoil brought on by COVID-19 — that aspiration at last arrived genuine.
On Tuesday, farmers and businesspeople alike arrived out to the AW Meat Household to celebrate that desire coming to truth, with a ribbon chopping, door prizes and a mad sprint to acquire some of the locally elevated and cut meat.
“I’ve been pretty hands-on as a result of this total course of action,” Wells mentioned. “It hadn’t actually hit me until eventually I drove that to start with load of cattle to the property. When I got there, I cried tears of pleasure.”
And Wells was still crying tears of joy — throughout the ribbon reducing, he choked up with gratitude for his spouse and children, his workers and every person else who built the dream feasible.
The meat dwelling commenced generating beef and pork in mid-May well and now Wells explained demand from customers has been in.
“I’ve experienced persons calling me attempting to obtain it,” he reported. “Right now, we’re the only processing plant in the spot.”
With inflation sending diesel costs to more than $5 a gallon — and grocery costs soaring as a result — Point out Sen. Robin Webb (D-Grayson) claimed the opening of AW is direly essential for regional farmers.
“The cost of diesel is only adding to the expense of meat,” she mentioned. “If you have to haul your cattle two, 3, 4 several hours away, that is going to raise those people fees. But if you’re only 10, 20 minutes away, that lowers it and cuts out fairly a several middlemen.”
Section of Wells’s store observed assist from the point out agriculture fund, which was a consequence of tobacco settlements approximately two decades back, according to Webb.
“It normally takes a village and I’m so satisfied to see the laws I worked on two a long time back earning an effects in North East Kentucky,” she explained.
Wells was not shy about making it possible for individuals to take a peek at the rear of the curtain, possibly — in a temporary stroll about specified to the media, the facility appeared to exceptionally clean.
Even the room exactly where cattle is slaughtered appeared to be healthy to eat off the flooring. Quickly, Wells claimed nearby farmers will be finding an extra enhance when a USDA Inspector grants a certification for beef and pork.
“Right now we’re waiting around on an inspector to be assigned. We have a good staff right here and I know we’re maintaining the cleanest facility you can request for,” he claimed. “If we get USDA-qualified, that signifies farmers can have their meat processed and packaged below and get it to farmers’ markets. That allows them get more revenue directly into their pockets.”
At the stop of the working day, Wells reported it is more than just about hocking a number of steaks.
“It’s not about the meat,” he reported. “It’s about revitalizing the cattle business around below. When I was going to the Catlettsburg stockyards, I heard stories about the hey-day when farmers would operate their cattle down the streets and you could not rarely shift by way of the road.”
Wells continued, “This is just aspect of accomplishing what I need to do to support get the cows back again in the location.”
As the previous commercial goes, where’s the meat? At the ribbon cutting, Wells and organization handed out absolutely free samples of cheeseburgers, steak recommendations and sausage.
Although it is outside the house the realm of journalistic judgment to say no matter if the samples were being superior or poor (soon after all, that is just a single person’s opinion) it can be explained it was juicy, tender and flavorful.