New slaughterhouse and meat processing plant will open soon

CN-MR-1-New slaughterhouse 1by Bethany M. Dunbar

LYNDONVILLE, VT — The Northeast Kingdom will soon have a new slaughterhouse, butcher shop, retail local meat store, and meat processing plant in the industrial park in Lyndonville.

Scott Oeschger of Derby is the owner of Northeast Kingdom Processing. The general manager will be Denis Royer of Irasburg. Oeschger has bought Spring Hill Angus from Dan Maclure, and Bob Butterfield of Barton will be the general manager of the beef farm. [Read more…]

Marketing local meats — best practices

CN-MR-1-Marketing 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Do you have more meat in your farm freezer that you can sell? Do you have trouble reaching customers or getting the prices you should to keep your farm viable?

“Most farmers go into farming because they love farming, not because they love marketing,” said Matt LeRoux, an agricultural marketing specialist with Cornell’s Cooperative Extension. At a recent workshop offered by the Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association, he coached livestock farmers to offer messages that resonate with customers and grow product sales.
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Direct marketing pricing strategies that work for buyers and sellers

CEW-MR-1-PRICINGby Bill and Mary Weaver

“The core group of customers who will pay the most for your locally grown produce are those who value local food; want to support the local economy; are looking for the health benefits of buying local; and value their relationship with you, the grower,” according to Dr. Tim Woods. These customers care about value, but are not primarily price shoppers. [Read more…]

CattleWomen meet at National Cattle Convention

C4-MR-2-Cattlewomen 2by Rebecca Long Chaney

NASHVILLE, TN — CattleWomen from coast to coast gathered recently for the National Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show. Members of the American National CattleWomen’s Association (ANCW) met to discuss ways to empower their members to make continued contributions to the beef community.

Volunteer CattleWomen are a vital part of the programs managed by ANCW. The country is divided into seven regions and each region works hard to carry out ANCW’s mission to promote beef programs and activities. [Read more…]

2014 Winter Traveling Dairy Tour

CN-RP-1-2014 Winter 1By Emma King, University of Massachusetts Department of Pre-Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Every January, students from several New England universities spend a week touring dairy farms on a trip known as the Winter Traveling Dairy Tour. This year was the 17th consecutive year of the tour. Graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Massachusetts, University of Maine, University of Connecticut, and University of New Hampshire traveled to dairy facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. This was made possible by the detailed planning of Dr. Shelia Andrews from the University of Connecticut, the support of Dr. Peter Erickson from the University of New Hampshire, Dr. David Marcinkowski from the University of Maine, Dr. Mark Huyler from the University of Massachusetts, and a very generous grant from the Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program. [Read more…]