COALINGA, Calif. — Harris Ranch Beef Holding Co., California’s largest cattle-raising operation, is being sold.
The company’s 800-acre Central Valley feedlot, which can hold up to 250,000 cattle, and its slaughterhouse and processing facilities are being sold to Hanford-based Central Valley Meat Co. but will operate independently under the combined ownership of Central Valley Meat Holding Co., according to a company announcement.
The price and other details weren’t released.
The beef operations are part of Harris Farms, Inc. Founded in 1937, the family-owned agribusiness also has a thriving farming operation that produces more than 30 crops ranging from lettuce and garlic to pistachios and wine grapes; breeds thoroughbred horses and runs a popular inn and restaurant, according to the company website.
The business has more than $400 million a year in sales.
Only its cattle operations are being sold.
Central Valley Meat Co. was founded in 1993 and markets beef to retailers and to food-service companies.
The company has faced some difficulties, including a 2013 recall of more than 29 tons of ground beef destined for school lunches because of concerns that it might contain plastic pieces.