Gathering the Herd: Vermont Meat Processing Case Study


Gathering the Herd captures lessons learned over a three year period from by the Farm to Plate Meat Processing Task Force through interviews conducted by Carrie Abels with members of the Task Force and industry leaders.The Meat Processing Task Force within Farm to Plate, active from 2011 to 2013, facilitated greater mutual understanding between livestock farmers and meat processors – two constituencies that had been in minimal contact with each other and were largely unaware of each others’ challenges. Through a combination of outreach, education, financial analysis, and the sharing of funding opportunities, the Task Force provided the private sector with market intelligence and networking opportunities as new processing facilities were being established and existing ones were expanding.