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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner visits lamb processing facility in Brush

Fort Morgan Times
August 11, 2020

Gardner’s annual farm tour of Eastern Plains happened last week

By Jack Harvel August 11, 2020

On Saturday, Aug. 8, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner stopped at Colorado Lamb Processors, a state-of-the-art facility for lambs that is under construction in Brush, as part of his annual Eastern Plains farm tour.

Gardner spent an hour touring the facility and engaging with the Colorado Lamb Processors team about the facility and the state of the lamb industry. At full capacity, the facility could process up to 1,800 lambs a day and employ 55-65 full-time workers. Though they aren’t expecting those numbers at the start, the facility hopes it can meet those goals by next Spring.

“If you build it, sheep will come,” Gardner said. “Brush, you’ve got a lot of people from a lot of towns around that are probably willing to come here. I mean, Sterling’s not that far, Yuma’s not that far, Akron, Otis.”

The yearly tour is meant to ensure Sen. Gardner knows well the agricultural needs and capabilities of the state. He was joined by State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg for the tour.

“Colorado deserves a senator who understands the needs of Colorado’s farmers and can effectively represent them in Washington,” Gardner said. “I appreciated the opportunity to visit with farmers and ranchers across Colorado’s Eastern Plains to hear directly from them about how we can continue to work together to support Colorado agriculture.”

Over the course of two days, 450 miles and nine locations, Gardner visited a number of different agricultural producers.

“Gardner met with a variety of Colorado’s agricultural producers, including Colorado Wheat Growers, Colorado Cattleman’s Association, the Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Corn Growers, Colorado Pork, Colorado Livestock, the Western Sugar Cooperative, Colorado Lamb, Colorado Dairy Farmers, and Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers,” a press release from Sen. Gardner’s office said.

At the end of the tour in Brush, Gardner posed for a photo and accepted campaign donations from local residents.

Gardner, a Republican, will face off against former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, for the U.S. Senate seat in the General Election this November.

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