Made in Kansas: Krehbiels Specialty Meats

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McPHERSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas farm family has turned a disaster into a thriving business.

After Ed Herubin, of Lindsborg, killed a deer, he knew where he could get the meat processed in time for the holidays. It was Krehbiels Specialty Meats in McPherson. They're known for processing even exotic animals into meat product for customers. 

"We're going to have some jerky and some sausage besides the regular burgers and steaks," Herubin said.   

It was nearly 30 years ago when Krehbiel Meats started serving the McPherson area. When Homer Krehbiel lost his right hand in a farm accident, it forced him to give up thew dairy farm. He decided to switch to the meat business to give his family a better chance at survival. 

Now son Jeff, wife Angie and their son Zach run the business. Jeff says it beats milking cows. 

"I wouldn't be here if it was a dairy farm," he said. "It's too much work."  

The family studied meat processing and packaging. They learned quickly, judging by the awards they've won over the years.

What started out in the family's garage is now a 14,000-square-foot facility with 40 employees. They package conventional meat, but also source verified, grass fed, and no antibiotics meats.

They also package meats under other company's labels all over the United States.

The operation, including the retail store, is at McPherson's north exit from I-135.

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