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Jowett Farms Corporation


We are excited to announce the opening of our new sow processing plant, Jowett Farms Corporation. On January 11th, 2017, a total of 15 sows was harvested through the state of the art facility and processed into pre rigor trim. Jowett Farms is the first federally registered pre rigor processing plant in Canada. 

Pre rigor trim has a greater water holding capacity resulting in higher yields and improved fresh colour retention in sausage products. Shorter processing time leads to reduced bacterial growth resulting in a cleaner product with a longer shelf life. Improved tenderness and fat emulsifying properties make pre rigor pork trim superior for sausage making and other processed meats. Pre rigor trim is an untapped market in Canada, with the completion of this facility many businesses will gain access to pre rigor trim and take advantage of its benefits.

Canadian pork producers have been forced to ship nearly one half million cull sows yearly into the US for processing. Jowett Farms will allow farmers a greater profit by reducing shipping costs and higher yields on cull sows. Longer travel times can be incredibly stressful for animals resulting in significant weight loss and a higher mortality rate; this is a loss for the animals and to the farmers incurred costs. The opening of Jowett Farms will improve animal welfare due to reduced travel distances in addition to ethically harvesting the animals in the sophisticated slaughter process.

Many people have been involved in the creation of this facility since breaking ground in 2011, Jowett Farms would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone involved for making it a success. We look forward to a bright future, creating valuable relationships within our community, and continuing to operate as a family business with integrity and leadership.

Sow plant close to completion

Since 1999, the Jowett Family have owned and operated Country Meat & Sausage Inc. (CMS).  Country Meat & Sausage current operations include slaughtering and processing locally sourced hogs.  By 2008 the current business had reached production capacity.  In order to continue growth, the Jowett family aspired to expand into something new & unique.  Following extensive industry research, plans began for Country Meats – a modern & efficient sow processing facility built to meet or exceed industry standards, which would adopt the hot-boning / rapid chilling methods, previously not attempted in Canada.

With no outlet in Canada, nearly one half million Canadian cull sows are shipped annually to the US for processing.  Canadian pork producers have been forced to send their sows south of the border, resulting in above average mortalities and significant weight loss.  Moving animals longer distances does cause considerable stress on the animals.  Country Meats will allow farmers to reduce shipping costs and yield a higher return on cull sows, as well, the animals will not be forced to endure long journeys in a wide variety of uncomfortable weather conditions.  A shorter journey is more humane option for the animals.

Production of pre-rigor meat will also be new to the Canadian processed meats industry.  Pre-rigor meat is considered superior for fresh sausage production, and is widely utilized beyond Canadian borders. Due to greater protein extraction, the hot-boning method increases moisture retention in the meat, resulting in improved palatability and a firmer texture.  Other benefits include; brighter fresh meat color & longer color life.  The rapid chilling method keeps bacterial numbers low, resulting in longer product shelf life.