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Published July 06, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Phil Wicke, vice president of operations for North American Bison Co-op, manages the North Dakota Natural Beef processing plant in north Fargo, with a management team including Suzanne Morrow, quality assurance manager.(Mikkel Pates / Agweek)

  • Phil Wicke, vice president of operations for North American Bison Co-op, manages the North Dakota Natural Beef processing plant in north Fargo, with a management team including Suzanne Morrow, quality assurance manager.(Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Worker Luis E. Burgos takes the "cold weight" and "breaks" beef and bison carcasses for later processing at the North Dakota Natural Beef plant in north Fargo in early June. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • The North Dakota Natural Beef plant in north Fargo is handling about 600 animals a week, compared to 200 or so when it started production about a year ago. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • North Dakota Natural Beef, which processes both bison and beef products, has won employment awards in Fargo-Moorhead for the past two years. It now has over 100 employees here. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A grinding machine setup is working full-steam as North Dakota Natural Beef is boosting production in north Fargo. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Workers place burger into cells before they go through packaging equipment. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Burger packages pop out of a mechanized shrink-wrap system at the North Dakota Natural Beef plant in north Fargo. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • A worker at the North Dakota Natural Beef plant prepares large cuts for shrink-wrapping and box packing in early June in north Fargo. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • North Dakota Natural Beef promotes its quality and taste as a major selling point. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • As many as four trucks at a time are constantly on the go at the North Dakota Natural Beef loading dock in north Fargo. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • TenderBison Ranch Steaks are piled, waiting to be weighed at the North Dakota Natural Beef plant in north Fargo. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)