Caviness Plans to Expand Packing Plant Capacity to 2,600 Head per Day

An expansion to a Texas Panhandle packing plant will add 800 more head per day in slaughter capacity, primarily for cull cow and bull processing. ( Caviness Beef Packers )

Caviness Beef Packers plans to expand its Hereford, Texas packing plant in a move that will add an additional 800 head per day through the line.

The Amarillo-based beef packing company released a statement about the planned expansion that will see construction begin in October 2018. Caviness plans to add a second harvest and processing shift while hiring 600 additional employees.

Currently the plant processes 1,800 cattle per day. When the expansion is complete in fall of 2019 the plant will have a per day capacity of 2,600 cattle.

“Caviness is excited to expand its processing capacity at our Hereford plant. This location has been good to us and we have filled a need through the years. It is where it all started over 55 years ago in 1962 and we have been fortunate to be able to see continued growth,” says Terry Caviness, CEO.

“We have good opportunities to further diversify and expand our higher end beef product offerings,” says Trevor Caviness, president.

Cattle will primarily come from ranches and dairies in the region, along with some feedyards. The packing plant is predominantly a cull cow and bull processor.

“The Texas panhandle is a vibrant cattle region with wonderful folks that have a great work ethic. The cattle numbers from the supply side are favorable and we are excited to create more packing capacity and demand for cattle in the greater southwest,” Terry Caviness adds.

“Companies are only as good as their people and we are fortunate to have many talented folks on our team. We look forward to bringing people up from within the organization as well as adding new talented team members. We will have many job opportunities coming on the horizon,” says Allen Hare, HR Director.

The Hereford plant was built in November 2008, and Rendering and Hide operations were added to the plant in 2010. A ground beef and patty processing plant currently processes approximately 900,000 lb. of beef in Amarillo. 

Last year Caviness opened a packing plant in Kuna, Idaho through a partnership with J.R. Simplot Company. CS Beef Packers processes cull cows and bulls from dairy farms and ranches throughout the Intermountain West and has a capacity of 1,700 head per day.