The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network andColorado State University is very excited to announce our newly updated and expanded intermediate-level short course for small and mid-scale livestock producers, called the Western Meat School, launching October 11th, 2022.
This fully remote learning experience (with optional on site class support in Clallam County) will help farmers, ranchers, butchers & others learn the essentials for direct marketing niche meat from experts in livestock production, processing, marketing & pricing. It’s fully remote and can be attended from the comfort of your own home or you have the option to attend in person with a cohort of farmers in Clallam County, WA.
Who is this course designed for?The Western Meat School is ideally designed for the following audiences:
- Livestock Producers with at least 2 years experience
- Meat Processors and Butchers
- Meat Buyers, Distributors, Retailers
- Agricultural Professionals, Extension Specialists, NGOs working on local livestock and meat supply chains
- 4H and FFA program leaders
The livestock species covered in this course include:
- Beef & bison
- Sheep & Goats
- We do not cover poultry, but many of the subjects could be applicable to processing & selling poultry
When:Tuesdays, October 11-December 6, 2022 from 5-7pm PST
Where: Online or attend in person with a cohort in Clallam County, WA. If interested in attending in person, please contact Dan McCarty, Regional Small Farms Livestock Specialist, after you have already registered for the course.
Cost: $150 for up to two individuals in your business or family who will share the same login and Canvas learning dashboard. If you would like to apply for a partial scholarship, please see the application here. Deadline to apply for scholarships is Oct. 1st.
Registration: Enroll at https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/course/western-meat-school
Deadline for enrollment is October 10th.