Eudora Pyle Meat Co. plans to close the custom slaughtering portion of its meat business on April 11, according to Pat Pyle, son of owner Tom Pyle.
The younger Pyle said his father started the operation 31 years ago, and it is the last of five custom slaughterhouse operations in Douglas County to close. In a custom slaughterhouse, farmers can bring in their beef live and have it slaughtered and aged and made ready for cutting.
The younger Pyle, who is a meat cutter in the business, said two of the factors that led to the decision to close the slaughterhouse were the decline of family farms in the area and a cutback in red meat consumption. He also said more farmers are selling feeder calves to feedlots instead of fattening them themselves.
Pyle said his father plans to continue the retail and wholesale meat processing operations.
"We'll be getting sides and quarters of beef from the packing house, aging them and cutting them to order like the customers want," he said.
He said the company might eventually open a delicatessen and carry-out business. The company also plans to expand its beef jerky business and will continue to sell sides and quarters of beef.