The Montana Cattlemen's Association celebrated its 16th annual Cattlemen's Day at the Heritage Inn.
The event was open to all cattlemen from across the state.
The day consisted of presentations and workshops and ended with a social hour and dinner to discuss ideas and experiences.
Among the guest speakers was Todd Hanson of Norsman Consulting Group to represent Friesen Foods and the proposed Madison Food Park in Great Falls.
Hanson opened the floor to a discussion with the cattlemen on potential challenges and management strategies for Madison Food Park.
Friesen acquired approximately 3,018 acres of undeveloped real estate located about 8.3 miles southeast of Great Falls. The project will include a processing plant for cattle, pigs, and chickens, and the related further processing facilities for beef, pork, and poultry.
The project will also incorporate facilities for the processing of milk, supplied by local and regional dairy producers into a variety of cheese products; and a distillery which will source the grain necessary for the production of Montana-branded spirits from cereal crops grown in the region.
The cattlemen were responsive and kept an open mind on how the proposed Madison Food Park may affect their businesses.
For more information about the project, click here to read the submitted planning documents.
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