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A Mott cattle rancher has been awarded $7,225 by the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, for engineering and design of a beef processing facility in Mott.

John Roswech owns South 40 Farms. He said his goal is to take his cattle, slaughter them, and sell the meat products on-line, especially to buyers on both coasts.

"I'll be able to process about 150 to 175 head per month, when I'm fully up and running," Roswech said.

North Dakota ranchers who had to buy cattle feed because of the wet fall weather will now have an opportunity to be reimbursed for some of those costs.

The state’s Emergency Commission is making $250,000 available for ranchers who lost feed and had to buy hay. It’s targeted toward transportation costs.

The money comes from a Bank of North Dakota line of credit.

Prairie folk of the late nineteenth century were accustomed to reading grim reports of deadly gorings inflicted by horned cattle--a catalog of grief and outrage chronicled in my previous essay. In March of 1888 a correspondent of the Emmons County Record offered them an answer to their problem: dehorning.