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Processing and Marketing of Local Meat Products: A Feasibility Analysis

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed a feasibility study to find ways to improve financial stability for Nevada livestock producers through processing and niche marketing.

What Has Been Done:

In 2006 and 2007, UNCE conducted an in-depth feasibility study of a producer-owned slaughter, processing and packing facility (USDA inspected and certified) to be located in the Carson City, Smith Valley or Mason Valley area. A complete feasibility analysis and report was provided to interested parties.

In 2008, UNCE conducted a Niche Livestock Marketing program and feasibility results were presented at a conference in Modesto, California, in March. Currently, UNCE is discussing the program’s status and its next steps, which could include meeting with some existing processing facilities to investigate their interest in expanding.

Educational programming was provided to the Local Livestock Marketing Group (LLMG) in Douglas County regarding business planning, business organization, marketing, packaging and health inspections. The LLMG is a group of livestock producers who are investigating the feasibility of constructing meat processing facilities in order to locally process and market their meat products.


Based on initial programming, two livestock producers have begun processing their beef and marketing it to local restaurants and at farmers markets. The participants evaluated the workshop during which more than 80 percent considered the Local Meat Processing Prospects (LMPP). When asked to evaluate the applicability of the material into their operation or job, most (more than 80 percent) evaluated the seminar from 5 to 7 (1 is not great and 7 is a great deal).

Additionally, all participants said they would attend future workshops and seminars on risk management issues They also felt that the material was informative, and they enjoyed the local presenters and input on marketing meat. The participants considered the information useful, and would like a short review mailed to them.

Six months after the workshop, the participants were mailed a follow-up evaluation about how useful at the workshop had been to them and how much they incorporated into their operation/job. Sixty-eight percent did use some information in their operation/job, and 58 percent now use the information discussed in the LMPP in their operation.

Respondents felt the seminar supported their own enterprise, it was a great workshop and they were glad the producers were on the same page. One respondent said his/her operation increased 10 percent in profits since attending the workshop. Another wanted his/her establishment to participate in a group effort to pursue marketing and processing of local agricultural products.

Contacts: Steve Lewis, Douglas County Extension Educator, 775-782-9960
Kynda Curtis, Agriculture Marketing Specialist, 775-784-6701
Thomas Harris, Community Development Specialist, 775-784-6499

Programs Program Information

Eagles and Agriculture

The seven-year-old Eagles and Agriculture program promotes the benefits agriculture provides wildlife and the community in western Nevada. The program enhances participant knowledge of wildlife habitat and local agriculture.

Green Industry Training Programs of Northern Nevada

Green Industry Training (GIT) and Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES) are cost- and time-efficient approaches to serving the Green Industries of northern Nevada, including nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, irrigation and lawn care professionals. The Green Industry Training program begins in late winter with eight three-hour sessions of entry-level training for new industry workers, for those desiring to work in the industry and for existing industry professionals desiring a skills "tune-up." After "basic training," industry members are invited to monthly continuing education opportunities — one hour per month over the noon hour — to hone and improve their skills.

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.

Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Child Maltreatment

Preventing child abuse and neglect is a high priority in Elko County. Child caregivers, youth workers, volunteers and anyone interested in learning what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect can attend this workshop. Participants learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, understand their reporting requirements and their role in preventing child maltreatment.

Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages


Living With Fire

Living with Fire is a comprehensive, multi-agency program aimed at teaching homeowners how to live more safely in high wildfire-hazard environments. The program, encompassing research and education, was developed in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), Nevada’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, a group of 12 Nevada and California firefighting agencies.

Master Gardeners in Nevada

Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans. They are volunteers who learn advanced plant science skills from at least 50 hours of classroom instruction by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) professionals. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of at least 50 hours a year to pass along their newly acquired knowledge through the media, talks and workshops. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and develop community gardens.

Processing and Marketing of Local Meat Products: A Feasibility Analysis

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed a feasibility study to find ways to improve financial stability for Nevada livestock producers through processing and niche marketing.

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Herds and Harvest
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management