Northern Beef Packers, which has slowly ramped up operations after a long-delayed opening, says that slaughterhouse design and animal welfare expert Temple Grandin toured the plant and praised the new facility. According to company officials, Grandin said the plant is off to a good start and was pleased that the facility was designed with the cattle’s comfort in mind.

The opening of Northern Beef Packers had been delayed for years by financial problems, lawsuits, flooding and complaints about its wastewater. The $109 million plant will process 1,500 cattle per day from the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune