About Riverbend Deer Processing
Mike Haltom started deer processing at a young age of 15 working for a custom meat processor, Mr. Raymond Anderson. Raymond was his teacher and mentor in making quality ham, bacon, and sausage. After Mr. Anderson retired, Mike worked in the retail business for over 20 years. Mike always had a desire to get back to making sausage. In 2002, Mike and Deborah Haltom had the opportunity to purchase a small deer processing business called J&M Sausage L. L. C. in the Spring/Tomball area. Within 15 years the business grew from 500 to 2000 deer per year. In 2015, Mike sold J&M Sausage and soon after, Mike and Bo built Riverbend Deer Processing, L.L.C in Wharton, Texas to be closer to home.
Mike and Deborah Haltom
Bo, Shannon, Jacob, and Gracen Haltom
Today, Riverbend is family owned and operated in Wharton, Texas by The Haltom Family. The slogan, “You could eat it if you had too” comes from Bo’s late Grandpa Vernon Parson. He loved to watch Bo make sausage and cook. It could be the best cooked meal and he would say, “You could eat it if you had too.” Grandpa Parson went to be with the Lord in 2019 and as a way to keep his memory alive in our family business, we have adopted his line as our slogan. So, to those of you who try us out you’ll believe, “You could eat it, if you had too!”