Do you raise animals and sell them direct to the consumer or are thinking about it? Then here's a resource that you should find helpful.
Some of you might be familiar with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) and others, maybe not.
NMPAN is a peer learning community, a national information hub, and a source of targeted applied research and direct technical assistance. Their mission is long-term stability and profitability for both processors and the producers who depend on them to market sustainably raised meats.
Their website has a wealth of information on starting and operating meat processing facilities, working effectively with your processor, food safety, mobile slaughter units, marketing local meats, and much more.
They have a very active listserv with over 1,000 members where people ask all kinds of questions about meat processing and get answers. They hold about 6 - 8 webinars a year and also publish a monthly newsletter.
If you raise animals for meat, check them out. Please, offer them feedback! They want to be as useful to you as possible. So, if you have ideas or suggestions, please send them their way.