New England officials explore beef industry expansion

by Meat&Poultry Staff
Share This:
HARTFORD, Conn. – New England officials recently commissioned a study to look at ways to expand beef production there as part of a strategy to make the region more self-sufficient by growing more of its own food, according to The Associated Press. Ranchers say one challenge is the region has few slaughterhouses. As a result, cattle must be shipped outside the area for slaughter and the meat is brought back to New England to be sold.

All six New England states — Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut — combined have only 28 slaughterhouses compared to Wisconsin which has approximately 285 slaughterhouses, according to a spokeswoman for the Vermont Agency for Agriculture.

New England isn’t the only area in the US interested in boosting beef production. The University of Georgia is studying the market in the Southeast, and Maryland organizations are testing ways to increase the use of beef and other local meats in health care facilities there, as well.
Comment on this Article
We welcome your thoughtful comments. Please comply with our Community rules.



The views expressed in the comments section of Meat and Poultry News do not reflect those of Meat and Poultry News or its parent company, Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo. Concern regarding a specific comment may be registered with the Editor by clicking the Report Abuse link.