Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Arts

Primary Major


Primary Minor

Philosophy and/or Religion

Thesis Advisor

Cynthia Taylor, PhD


This paper will look at the changes of the United States of America's cattle and beef industry from the 19th into the 21st century. It will also show how the industry has evolved into its current state and predict the changes to come. This paper will be evaluating how technology and equipment have changed the traditional farming and ranch lifestyles. While also breaking down the economies from pre-industrial times into modern day. This paper will also explore the effect that technology, equipment, ranching styles, labor and financial changes had on the cattle and beef industry. Finally, this paper will prove that there is a need for change in the industry and will do so by providing evidence that can help the industry have better production and sustainability for the future to come.