The CHDC investigated the Grof feedlot in Lindsay, Ontario during the Easter weekend and has this report.
Jeff Grof is the region’s biggest kill buyer for horses and ships regularly to Richelieu Meats in Quebec. He’s known to source out horses from the Kawartha Lakes (Woodville) auction on Saturdays and OLEX (Waterloo) on Tuesdays.
The CHDC report states that: “There were many draft types, but also some young ones of other breeding (Paint, Appaloosa, TB type, SB type, QH type). Although there were some racehorse types there, they were not the majority. (With the Ontario government decision to withdraw funding from racetracks, I wanted to see if there were a higher percentage of racehorses.)
All horses that saw me were inquisitive and several reached out to connect along the barbed wire fence line.
The drafts had docked tails, and besides seeing caked mud on many, from what I could see, most were well fed (some even overfed) and hooves were trimmed. Hay feeders were present, but the quality of hay was poor. The water source was not visible from my vantage point.
After seeing many draft horses at this feedlot on previous occasions, it is obvious that Grof has connections with draft breeders who either breed some horses specifically for slaughter, or breeders typically that have a certain percentage of horses that don’t meet conformation or other criteria and use Grof to “dispose” of those unfortunate ones.
No loading activity was seen at the front of the property, however there were more horses in the front paddock seen from the road (Hwy. 36). Manure has been piled in very high mounds in the front (rather than moving it out of the paddocks). It would be an understatement to say the property is not maintained to a very high bio-security standard level.”