A massive meat rendering facility is due to begin construction in Rapid City, South Dakota next year, with plans for its completion by 2026. The $1.1 billion facility is known as the, “Western Legacy Development Corporation,” and it promises to bring large-scale production to the beef industry, rendering an estimated 8,000 cattle per day.
The processing plant is said to be one million square feet in size, once completed.
Several things being touted about this facility are definitely raising eyebrows. Among them:
- Touting their robotics and Artificial Intelligence-driven processing systems that will use robots to render carcasses.
- Their claim that they will turn biological fat into biofuels, effectively becoming an energy producer, but deriving energy from dead carcasses.
- Their description of using railroads to deliver the cattle, but not having cattle yards. Instead, they plan to offload thousands of cattle each day directly into the robot factory for rendering.
- The fact that there are not 8,000 cattle available per day anywhere near Rapid City, South Dakota.
- The utter lack of existing housing in the area which would be necessary to house the estimated 2,500 new employees.