Farm Progress

York business uses beef byproducts to produce all natural pet treats, adding value to the beef carcass.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

August 4, 2015

2 Min Read

Have you ever heard of Moo Tubes? If you haven't, perhaps your dog has. Beaver Creek Products, LLC in York may be one of the newest businesses in the community, but the company is helping the beef industry in their own way by using beef byproducts to produce all natural pet treats. "We are using U.S.-sourced beef offal products and processing them for use as pet treats," says plant manager, Will Williamsen. "Right now we are using beef ears, trachea, steer pizzle and faceplate and oxtail rawhide products," he says. "We are adding value to a product that would normally go to rendering or the pharmaceutical industry."

york_business_adds_value_beef_byproducts_1_635740237301806465.jpgADDED VALUE: "We are adding value to a product that would normally go to rendering or the pharmaceutical industry," says Beaver Creek Products plant manager, Will Williamsen.

Nebraska Cattlemen members toured the plant during the organization's midyear convention in York in June, acknowledging how this growing business is adding value to the beef carcass. Keeping in line with the wishes of customers, the company processes and packages all natural products, so there are no added flavors or coloring. Some of their products include Moo Tubes, which are trachea, as well as Bully Sticks and just plain Beef Ears, Williamsen says. "Our products are currently found mostly online through marketers like Simply American Chews, Pet Box and Copper's Classics." These online marketers tout the fact that their products are sourced in the U.S. and are naturally processed.

Williamsen grew up in York. "I spent 21 years in active duty in the U.S. Air Force and retired in July 2011," he says. "I think my management and supervisory skills from the Air Force contribute to me being able to do this job," explains Williamsen. "The thing I like most about the company is the innovation."

Although the company just opened in 2014, business is growing. "We are planning a 12,000 square-foot expansion to our plant, which would double our work force," he says. "That would bring us up to about 40 employees."

You can learn more about Beaver Creek Products by calling Williamsen at 402-362-1975. 

 

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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