Rancho Feeding Corp., which has ceased operations in the wake of a 7.8 million pound recall, is reportedly being acquired by a California farm that specializes in pasture-raised livestock. The Los Angeles Times reports that Marin Sun Farms, located in Point Reyes Stationhas submitted a request to take over Rancho Feeding’s operations, federal inspectors said Thursday.

“Rancho Feeding has submitted a letter stating it is ceasing operations and voluntarily withdrawing from inspection,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service said in a statement. “Marin Sun Farms has submitted an application to operate a new federal establishment at the former Rancho Feeding location. FSIS will review the application in accordance with our regulations and policies to ensure the firm meets requirements.”

Marin Sun Farms confirmed the sale to the Times but did not elaborate further. According to the company’s website, David Evans, founder and CEO, oversees operations of two ranch leases just north of Inverness, Marin County, California, focusing on beef, poultry and egg production.

“At Marin Sun Farms our goal is to participate in creating a more sustainable food model and inspire an agrarian culture that conserves our landscapes, supports the health of its inhabitants and restores the vitality of a region that has thrived for hundreds of years. To accomplish this, we focus on the production of local, pasture-based food to nurture our Bay Area communities and families,” the company says.

For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-rancho-feeding-sale-20140220,0,4740492.story#ixzz2tyKyfT9B

Source: Los Angeles Times, Marin Sun Farms