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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)




The sale of livestock is an important source of farm income for both South Dakota and Nebraska producers. In 1964 cash income derived from livestock sales by producers included 68.1 percent of South Dakota’s total cash farm income. (1) The average for the four year period 1960 to 1963 was 479 million dollars per year. During the ten year period, 1956 to 1965, beef cow numbers in South Dakota increased from 1,320,000 to 1,724,000. The relative proportion of beef cows in the United States that was on hand in the states of South Dakota and Nebraska for the years 1956 to 1965 has remained relatively constant. The purpose of this study is to discover the feasibility of establishing a processing plant in the region of South Central South Dakota and North Central Nebraska. The following questions are involved: Are there sufficient numbers of cattle to support a packing plant? What would be the costs of processing livestock in this area? Would the producers be willing to patronize a processing place for livestock in this area? Will the revenue from livestock products be sufficient to cover the costs of operating a packing plant? (see more in text)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Meat industry and trade -- South Dakota
Meat industry and trade -- Nebraska
Beef packers




South Dakota State University