'Where's the beef?'

SCSD2 launches new program to increase freshness, quality of student lunches


SHERIDAN — Officials at Sheridan County School District 2 are providing their own answer to the well-known marketing catchphrase of the 1980s, “Where’s the beef?” by launching a new “Ranch to School” program for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

The program seeks to work with area ranchers to help supply the 9,000 pounds of ground beef used by the school district each year, with participating ranchers being asked to either donate a cull cow or SCSD2 buying cattle for 60 cents per pound or less, while the current market price per pound for a cull cow costs anywhere from 64 to 72 cents, according to a Padlock Ranch employee. 

Scott Stults, the district’s incoming superintendent, said Ranch to School would thereby allow the SCSD2 to supplement or replace ground beef products of potentially lesser quality purchased through food vendors or obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commodity programs.

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