Stockgrowers share optimism about proposed beef plant

James Halverson of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association says producers are excited about increased competition in the packing industry.


Sarah McNaughton, Beef Magazine

Jun 16, 2022


News of a proposed $1.1 billion beef processing facility broke last week, bringing optimism to many in the beef industry. Kingsbury & Associates and Sirius Realty have announced their plans for a large-scale processing facility in western South Dakota. The companies behind this facility are in the research and development phase of the project. Megan Kingsbury, who is spearheading the project, is managing partner and president of Kingsbury & Associates, as well as a fifth-generation rancher from western South Dakota.


James Halverson, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, says the announcement leaves the SDSGA full of optimism for the future.


“The stock growers have long been advocating for more competition in the packing industry,” he says. “This plant aims to introduce that competition, so we’re very excited about it.” Currently, the beef packing industry is mostly controlled by the “big four” processors, which are Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS and National Beef Packing.


“This project will really help out the markets, and help local producers — especially in the cow-calf market — and maybe bolster the feeding sector in this part of the country,” Halverson says. “There are hurdles to go over, but coupled with the fact we’re getting some rain and some green grass, people are cautiously optimistic about it.”


He says that while growers and producers are excited for the opportunity within South Dakota, they are aware of the challenges the project still must overcome before it comes to fruition.


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