New Producer Owned Beef Packing Plant Being Explored
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Nov 6, 2019
Plans are moving forward for a new producer owned beef packing plant in South Dakota. Kim Ulmer, owner of Huron Continental Marketing in Huron says the small facility is already built and would process beef through a program called U.S. Certified COOL, to be sold directly to consumers.
Ulmer says this would be the first in a series of smaller beef processing plants in the state owned by cattle producers. The concept would similar to the South Dakota Certified Beef Program but instead of $100 million plants, the facilities would cost around $1 million.
He says the goal is to take out the middlemen and pass more of the profit down to the producer...
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