Livestock Webinar Will Share Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

Many slaughterhouses report being completely booked up for 2021. What’s a livestock farmer to do?

The Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Livestock Program Work Team is sponsoring a webinar to help you regain some sense of control over how, when and where you get your livestock processed, and how you sell meat to customers.

What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

Wednesday, January 6, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This webinar will be an interactive discussion with Heather Sandford, founding farmer and butcher at The Piggery, now with Empire Food Consultants, and Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm and Cafe. The conversation will be facilitated by our own Erica Frenay, livestock specialist and online course coordinator with the Cornell Small Farms Program.

During the webinar you’ll hear how Shannon found opportunity and benefit in the midst of 2020’s livestock processing crisis. You’ll also hear Heather share the depth and breadth of her experience working with meat processors to help you brainstorm redundancy plans for butchering your animals.

Along the way we’ll touch on themes like: educating your customers, cultivating a solid relationship with processors, and seizing on moments of chaos to improve your quality of life. There will be plenty of time for Heather and Shannon to field questions from the audience.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Communications Manager for the Cornell Small Farms Program. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.
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