South Dakota community meat ring, couglas county community meat ring, agricultural economics department
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Fresh meat regularly and at reasonable prices” is what a rural community in Douglas county has adopted as its slogan. To have fresh meat whenever desired from farm butchered livestock is too often considered practically impossible on account of the rather limited amount of fresh meat that a family could use before the meat spoils. To get it regularly from a butcher shop involves added time aside from the fact that very high prices are charged. The salting, curing, smoking, and other methods of meat preservation are practiced to a certain extent by farmers throughout the country, but supplies of meat kept in this way generally become exhausted in late summer, and furthermore, meat so preserved cannot take the place of fresh meat. To remedy this meat problem, the rural community west of Armour, South Dakota, with the assistance of the Farm Bureau formed a “Community Meat Ring.” (See more in text.)
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Brander, J. M., "The Community Meat Ring" (1920). SDSU Extension Circulars. 27.