Local Meat Processing Plants Go Mobile
New project in the Northeast provides crucial infrastructure for sustainable agriculture.
With local, small scale slaughterhouses closing under the burden of costly regulations, there is growing need within the independent farming community – who tend to raise far fewer animals using more sustainable practices – for affordable and accessible infrastructure to help them get their meat to market. Currently many farmers face lengthy travel to get these facilities, which adds to the overall cost, limited availability, in terms of number of the number of animals they can bring at one time and scheduling difficulties that sometimes require them to make appointments up to a year in advance, a real problem if their livestock hasn’t reached proper weight by that time or is ready earlier than expected. Together these factors create a nearly impossible situation for farmers, who already deal in a business of variables and unknowns.