Nearly two years after the inital purchase of a plant, New Angus LLC is ready to open their new DemKota Ranch Beef plant now that they have been cleared by the USDA, reports Mikkel Pates for the Grand Forks Herald. The initial goal of the plant is to process 25-head of cattle a day during the first month, planning to reach 100 head later on, with an ultimate goal of a 1,500-head capacity each day.
The facility has brought more than 100 jobs to the community already, but Doug Cooper, the company's CEO, expects they will need 500 people when the plant is fully operable.
The plant will also increase the need for South Dakota cattle feeders. “We do expect that there will be a lot of new cattle feeding in South Dakota because of this facility. There’s a lot of responsibility to make sure this works so that dream can be realized," Keith DeHaan, president of New Angus LLC told Pates.