Farmers get about 60 cents of the consumer's meat dollar. Processing and distribution take the other 40 cents. And about half of the latter goes to retailing- by far the largest single cost item in meat distribution.
Wiegmann, F. H.; Clifton, E. S.; and Shepherd, G. S.
"Self-Service or Salesman-Service Meat Retailing?,"
Iowa Farm Science: Vol. 8
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