DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Demand for local beef is surging, but people who slaughter cattle and slice the beef into steaks say few people want to go into the business.
Operators of small meat plants say even their children don't want to take on the hard, messy work.
Nationally, there were 1,200 federally inspected livestock slaughterhouses in the U.S. in 1990. By 2010 the number had dropped to 800. State-licensed operations have also declined.