Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is conducting a survey to assess the slaughter and meat processing needs of livestock producers. Commercial red meat and poultry producers in Massachusetts and adjoining states are encouraged to share their thoughts at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6292468/Needs-of-Livestock-Producers-Relative-to-Processing. The survey is relatively long and it is recommended that it be completed on a laptop or desktop computer.
“The agricultural community in Massachusetts has long suffered a shortage of meat processing facilities. We only have two red meat facilities in the Commonwealth and no poultry facilities. This limited capacity was highlighted during COVID, when out-of-state processing facilities were forced to shut down and we experienced meat shortages. Building new meat processing facilities will help bolster the agricultural community, and help to make the state more self-sufficient,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “When completed, we will make the results of the survey available to the public. The hope is that anyone contemplating a new slaughter or processing facility will use the survey results to help meet the needs of local farmers.”
Results of the survey will be announced around June 30. Any producer wishing to receive a PDF summary of the results should include their email during the survey.
This survey was made possible through funding from a Massachusetts Food Security Infrastructure Grant.