South Dakota: Beef industry panel discusses competition, COOL, more


By Carrie Stadheim, Tri-State Livestock News (SD)

Jul 16, 2021 


South Dakota’s junior Senator Mike Rounds, a republican who has gotten behind a number of initiatives to improve competition in the cattle industry, organized a beef industry panel discussion in Ft. Pierre, SD, June 25, 2021.


Panelists were: RF Buche, owner of Buche Foods in Gregory, Mission, Oacoma, Pine Ridge, Sisseton and Wagner; Kecia Beranek, owner of Turtle Creek Steakhouse, Miller; Dan Cahoy, owner of Cahoy’s General Stores, locations in Bonesteel, Tyndall and Lake Andes; James Halverson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Eric Iversen, independent cattle producer, White River, Brett Kenzy, R-CALF Region III Director, and backgrounder/cow-calf producer, Gregory. TSLN Editor Carrie Stadheim moderated the discussion.


The panelists discussed commonalities, differences, and challenges between the different members of the beef production and marketing chain. It was mentioned many times that South Dakotans know that South Dakota beef is a premium product, but that limited processing availability in the state could be preventing the high quality product from being made available to local stores and eateries.


“South Dakota beef should be Maine lobster, it should be California wine…there are opportunities within this state, and every time we get good beef to a willing consumer, we win,” he said.


The retailers explained that their customers are buying less beef because the price has increased so significantly.


“Right now we find ourselves like in that great story, The Best of Times and the Worst of Times,” said Kenzy...