June 29, 2012

Representatives from JBS Souderton – the largest beef slaughter facility east of Chicago – joined the PA Center for Beef Excellence board of directors on a facility tour.  With the recent expanding markets and short cattle supply, the meeting was designed to increase the knowledge of the market opportunities that JBS offers to producers and will showcase the improvements made at the Souderton facility. 

PA Center for Beef Excellence and cattle feeders visit the JBS Souderton facility.


JBS Souderton is currently the largest beef slaughter facility east of Chicago, employing more than 1,200 on the site. The history of the plant goes back to 1887 when the initial beef slaughtering began. Over the course of several decades, modifications and acquisitions have taken place. JBS USA bought the plant from Smithfield Beef Group in 2008, which was owned by MOPAC prior to 2001. Additional highlights of this facility include:

  • 2,150 head of cattle per day, mix includes Fat Cattle and Cows; Roughly 10,800 head per week processed.
  • 1.3 million pounds of boxed beef is shipped from this plant primarily across the northeast, but some deliveries go west. 

Steve Williams JBS North America Head of Procurement discusses the short supply of feed cattle in PA and the impact and opportunities this has on PA cattle feeders.

Steve Williams - JBS North America Head of Procurement, Bill Rupp - JBS North America President of the Beef Division, Ann Nogan - Center for Beef Excellence Executive Vice President and Deputy Secretary Mathew Meals - Pa Department of Agriculture.

Homer Eberly - Pa Cattle Feeder, Elliott Keller JBS Plant Manager, Darwin Nissley PA Center for Beef Excellence President.