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Direct Marketing Meat with Dave and Jenny Scott. Part 2: Processing

Today’s episode is the second in an ATTRA: Voices from the Field ongoing series on Direct Marketing Meat.

Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, follows up on a listener’s question by interviewing her colleague, NCAT ATTRA Livestock Specialist Dave Scott and his wife and partner, Jenny, about their direct-marketing meat business, Montana Highland Lamb.

Linda works out of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dave works out of NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana.

In the previous episode, Dave and Jenny shared their farm story, and we focused on the marketing aspect of their business. In this episode, the focus is on processing.  Processing is critical for Dave and Jenny’s business and for others raising livestock for meat. Topics in this episode include finding a processor and the important criteria when looking for a processor; communication and building a great relationship; scheduling appointments; handling drop off and pickup; and managing and tracking inventory, storage, and orders.

Please let us know what further questions you’d like answered in the Direct Marketing Meat series. For more information on this topic, you can contact Dave Scott at daves@ncat.org and Linda Coffey at lindac@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Direct Marketing Lamb: A Pathway

Putting a Hand on Them: How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished (Publication)

Putting a Hand on Them: How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished (Video)

Lamb Cut Guide for Direct Marketers

Creating an Excellent Relationship with Your Lamb Processor

The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator

ATTRA YouTube Channel, Livestock and Pasture

Working with Your Meat Processor

 

Other Resources:

Montana Highland Lamb Facebook

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