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Wolf Pack Meats Becomes Financially Independent

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The budget cutbacks at the University of Nevada over the past few years motivated one of its programs to make major changes to stay afloat.

Wolf Pack Meats is the meat processing and packing program with the College of Agriculture. Last January, in the wake of budget cuts, they had to restructure and raise prices. Now, a year later, the program is in the black after years of operating in the red.

"We have worked hard to do that," College of Agriculture Dean Ron Pardini said, "and we want to do it in a way that's sustainable and doesn't use state resources to compete with the local meat packers."

Pardini said on top of becoming self-sufficient, Wolf Pack Meats wanted to raise prices so they didn't compete with other meat processing companies. The price increase was for ranchers who process their meat there, not customers who buy the meat. The costs went up between 14 and 25 percent, which put them just over the average in the industry. This way, Pardini said they won't drive any other meat processors out of business.

The price increase did lose them a few customers, but Pardini said education and research are their main priorities.

"They have noticed already that prices are up," Pardini said, "but I think there's a new market with what we've got, and they seem to be happy with the prices that we have right now."

Pardini said customers who buy meat from Wolf Pack Meats were largely not affected by this restructuring, and that those are mainly dependent on price changes in the market.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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