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From heifers to homes: Rancho Veal to be developed

The Bay Area's last slaughterhouse, and one of only a handful left in Northern California, is right here in Petaluma -- but not for long.

Rancho Veal and Rancho Feeding, which share slaughter operations at the northern end of Cinnabar Hill on Petaluma Boulevard North, are planning to close in the next two years -- and a housing developer is eyeing the property.

Rancho Veal owner Robert Singleton and Rancho Feeding owner Babe Amaral, both longtime cattlemen in their late 60s, said the three acres of land under the 90-year-old slaughterhouse are more valuable as homes.

"Look around the county -- grapes and housing," Singleton said. "No cattle."


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