Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mobile Meat

Exciting news! San Luis Obispo County in California is taking their mobile meat slaughtering facility on the road.

The processing of meat has become a huge bottleneck for producers wanting to access markets with eaters primed and demanding natural, organic, grass-fed, and humanely raised meats. It's a really exciting development, one that will help circumvent the disadvantageous regulations of the USDA for animal slaughtering. As it stands, you have to truck your animals all over the place (many times out of state), just to get them killed and processed. This mobile truck will travel to various farm sites, do the kill in an USDA inspected "facility" and move on.

This is great news for both farmers, ranchers and eaters.
With the price tag of ~$150,000, everyone is going to want one.

Press Release – For Immediate Release April 28, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - The Central Coast Agriculture Cooperative (CCAC) will host an exclusive Media Event & Press Conference to reveal their Mobile Meat Harvesting Unit this Wednesday, April 29, 2009. The event will be held at Gold Ridge Farms in San Luis Obispo, California. Monterey Ag Land Trust will be honored for their gracious donation of the Mobile Meat Harvesting Unit. Distinguished guests for Wednesday’s event include Representatives from the offices of: Supervisor Adam Hill, Supervisor Bruce S. Gibson, Supervisor K.H. "Katcho" Achadjian, Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, Congresswoman Lois Capps, Congressman Sam Farr

CCAC is a non-profit association of family owned farms and ranches from Northern Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Southern Monterey County. Farmers participating in the organization will now have additional opportunities to sell their local meats by way of the CCAC’s mobile livestock harvester. The mobile unit is designed to give ranchers quality meat harvesting services and provide consumers with local food products. The unit consists of a tow vehicle and 28 foot-long trailer equipped for the on-farm harvest of beef, sheep, goats and hogs with USDA inspection. This unit supports and elevates the economic viability of small-scale farming in our area while strengthening our local food system. Supporting local foods have become more relevant than ever. Many states are incorporating their own Local Food Bills while consumers are recognizing the need for county funded Buy Fresh, Buy Local programs.

Understanding the importance of locally grown foods has transpired into a larger community concern. A program such as CCAC’s directly addresses those concerns.

Contact: Deb Garrison, CCAC CEO
Contact: Amy Sage, Event Organizer

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