Local Slaughter Plants Provide Critical Infrastructure

by firsthandfoods on March 5, 2014

Sunday’s NY Times includes an editorial from author and farmer, Nicolette Hahn Niman in which she documents the devastating impact of an unjustified meat recall on area businesses, especially small-scale farmers. Reacting to a recent 8.7 million pound beef recall at the only meat slaughter plant available to Northern California ranchers, she suggests a variety of improvements to federal inspection programs and demonstrates the important role that small-scale slaughter businesses have in getting meat from farm-to-table.

At Firsthand Foods, slaughter plants are second only to farmers in their significance to our business.  Without them, we would have no meat to sell.  North Carolina is home to approximately 20 slaughter plants that provide services for small-scale independent farmers and wholesale businesses such as ours.   We’re proud to be a part of supporting the growth of these small businesses.

So, next time you give thanks to the farmers who supply your food, consider too your local slaughter plant.   For they are the ones working behind the scenes to make it possible for us to enjoy tasty local meat without having to spend too much time really thinking about where it came from.



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Paisley Lunchick January 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Hi! Where can one take a home raised meat animal for slaughtering and butching? We will be raising our first pig this year, but don’t have the knowledge for butchering. In Chatham Co. NC. Thanks!

firsthandfoods February 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

Try Piedmont Custom Meats in Gibsonville. They slaughter a wide variety of species and take small numbers of animals from independent farmers.

Donald Byrne August 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Firsthand, how many lambs do you buy? I have ten Icelandic to sell, but could scale up. Are you already flush with lamb suppliers, or are you looking for more? ours are purely pasture-raised.

Don from Melleray Farmstead and Piedmont Pine Coffins

firsthandfoods September 6, 2016 at 5:55 am

Don — We are working with one individual producer who is raising khatadin for us. We’ll be adding producers to our network over time but focusing on larger carcass size of pure khathadin. If you’re interested in that breed and joining our network, let me know.

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