Estimation of the Economic Impact and Financial Feasibility of Wolf Pack Meats

Estimation of the Economic Impact and Financial Feasibility of Wolf Pack Meats

Co-Principal Investigator: Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Hatch Grant, 2011-2013. Evaluated economic impact of Wolf Pack Meats; assisted Nevada producers with value-added direct market strategies. Managed a budget of $61,860.

  • Conducted Nevada consumer analysis, via statewide mail and online surveys:
  • Preferences for/interest in value-added meat products and meat CSA programs
  • Perceptions and definition of the term “local” as applies to food
  • Perceptions of grass-fed, local and other labeling terms on meat products
  • Conducted producer analysis, via statewide mail surveys:
  • Production schedules and plans to diversify or expand operations, interest in value-added production and meat CSA programs, projected need for services at Wolf Pack Meats
  • Producer educational programming needs
  • Developed economic impact and financial feasibility analysis of Wolf Pack Meats
  • Estimated future demand for Wolf Pack Meats’ existing and potential capacity
  • Assessed strategies to mitigate capacity bottleneck at Wolf Pack Meats
  • Conducted time-labor analysis, analysis of facility expansion under various production, income, and expense scenarios using data from producer analysis
  • Produced final publication: Cowee, M.W., T.R. Harris, D. Thain and M. Holcomb (2012). “Evaluation of the Economic Impact and Feasibility of Wolf Pack Meats.” University Center for Economic Development Technical Report 2012/13-04.