Photograph by Balazs Gardi for Bloomberg Businessweek

Inside the Bone Factory

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    Bloomberg Businessweek sent photographer Balazs Gardi to JBS’s feedlot in Kersey, Colo., and its giant slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colo., to document aspects of the Brazilian meatpacker’s production process. The following pictures were taken by Gardi with only the camera in his iPhone.
     
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    Photograph by Balazs Gardi for Bloomberg Businessweek
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    The JBS Five Rivers feedlot in Kersey can fatten as many as 98,000 head of cattle

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    Cowboy Carlos Arballo herds cattle at the feedlot in Kersey

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    Cattle in front of the JBS beef plant in Greeley

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    A stockpile of steam-flaked corn feed at the Five Rivers feedlot in Kersey

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    Cattle on their way into the slaughterhouse

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    Each day the Greeley plant’s 3,200 workers can slaughter and debone 5,400 head of cattle

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    JBS added a second shift when it acquired the Greeley plant, increasing revenue by $1 billion in the first year

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    The plant produces 3.3 million pounds of beef a day for restaurants and retailers

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    Beef expertly cut from the bone can fetch $10 a pound at retail, while leftover scraps can get a 10th of that

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    Aspen Ridge rib-eye steak at the Greeley Chophouse restaurant in Colorado

    Photograph by Balazs Gardi for Bloomberg Businessweek