At Codman Community Farms in Lincoln, the beef cattle are grass-fed, pasture-raised and ultimately available for purchase at the farm store. Demand for the farm’s beef, along with free-range chicken and pork, has never been higher.
“People are really coming out of the woodwork and really demanding this product,” said Jennifer Hashley, who manages the farm with her husband, Pete Lowy. “I think we’re up 500 percent over last year in terms of sales.”
That extraordinary uptick in sales is evidence of yet another pandemic-related supply chain disruption. Consumers, already wary of supermarkets, are turning to local farms, as coronavirus outbreaks close some of the nation’s massive meat packing plants and traditional stores limit meat purchases. Local livestock farmers see this as a moment not just to benefit their bottom line, but to leverage changing consumer habits and highlight an industrialized meat production system that’s long made it impossible to compete on prices.
"Eighty-five percent of the meat supply system is controlled by four major suppliers,” said Hashley. “There are so few processing plants, a lot of vertical integration and consolidation of the industry, and — because they can garner such large economies of scale throughout the whole supply chain — it’s really challenging for a small-scale producer to make the economics work well.”...
ASI Completes Secure Sheep & Wool Supply Plan
The American Sheep Industry Association has completed the development of the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan for Business Continuity in a Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak. ASI worked with the Center for Food Security and Public Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine to develop this plan.
The sheep industry is a diverse industry producing quality meat and wool products under a variety of management and environmental conditions. The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan focuses on business continuity in the event of an FMD outbreak. FMD is the most highly contagious disease of livestock and affects domestic cloven-hoofed animals (cattle, swine, sheep and goats) and many wild animals (deer, bison, pronghorn antelope and feral swine). FMD is not a food safety or public health concern.
Having the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan in place prior to an FMD outbreak is critical for food security and animal health and well-being. The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan will facilitate the safe movement of sheep and wool with no evidence of disease from farms in an FMD control area to harvest channels or to other farms. The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan will enhance coordination and communication between all parties, speed up a successful FMD response, and support continuity of operations for sheep producers and associated industries....
Pittsboro, N.C. [May 12, 2020] – Heritage breed farm animals and the genetics they possess are not only living time capsules from our past; they represent the key to our future as we are forced to adapt to a world that is changing at a rate not seen in previous generations. According to the Summary for Policymakers of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, released in 2019, the future of biodiversity in animal agriculture is in jeopardy. That’s still true in 2020.
To organize and target conservation efforts for more than 150 endangered livestock and poultry breeds at risk in the United States, The Livestock Conservancy compiles a Conservation Priority List. This year, the organization added eight more breeds to the list, including two horse, one sheep and five rabbit breeds. The ranked list of heritage livestock and poultry breeds is based upon the annual number of registrations in the United States and the breed's estimated global population size.
New to the Conservation Priority List this year:
The American Grassfed Association defines grass-fed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats, and sheep, as "those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother's milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from their birth until harvest." No grain feeding is allowed.
"I was looking for a hot chick in her 70s who didn’t smoke, drink too much or need to take any pills,” The couple married on Aug. 5 during the Katahdin Hair Sheep International annual meeting.
As the state’s population becomes more diverse, the demand for lamb and goat meat continues to increase, causing the industry to grow more popular…
“One of the fastest growing areas of lamb sales is direct to consumer at farm markets or sold from farmer's own on-premise stores. …One-third of all lamb is now sold direct from producer to customer.”
“…More than ever before, consumers want to know about what’s in their meat and poultry, how it was raised and where it came from.”
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"Georgia Sheep and Wool Growers Association" is a 521(a) Farmers Cooperative.P.O. Box 80632, Athens, GA 30601