Direct and Local Meat Marketing in Kentucky

Other Sites of Interest

General Information

ATTRA - Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
"the national sustainable farming information center operated by the private nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

ATTRA provides technical assistance to farmers, Extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers, and other ag professionals in all 50 states. Topics addressed by ATTRA can be categorized into three broad areas:

  • sustainable farming production practices
  • alternative crop and livestock enterprises
  • innovative marketing
Farmer Direct Marketing
From the USDA, this site contains current news, on-line publications, and other resources and links designed to help small farmers sell their products directly to the consumer.
Livestock and Grain Market News Branch
This site contains price data from USDA on live cattle, carcass composites, boxed beef, ect. Food Product Design
A fee based site that explores food labeling and compliance issues. Although most of the site requires membership, some areas are available at no charge.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County - Livestock Marketing
This site provides information about:
  • What the Market Wants
  • Regulations About Selling Meat
  • Slaughterhouses
  • Markets: Buyers and Auctions
  • Exporting Livestock and Livestock Products
  • Publicizing Your Business
  • Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County - Developing a Freezer Trade to Sell Meat
This site describes the regulations needed to develop a freezer trade to sell meat.
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
SARE is a USDA competitive grants program with regional programs and regional leadership. SARE supports research and education that help build the future economic viability of agriculture in the United States.
The North American Farm Direct Marketing Association
Organization for farmers who direct market all types of farm products.
Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry
This page houses the KSU Meat Processing Newsletter, an excellent update for processors and farmers.
New Farm Options Page
University of Wisconsin New Farm Options Page. Discusses value added enterprises, alternative markets, ect.
Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook
Online guidebook covering various topics in direct marketing and alternative agriculture.
Buy from the farmer: a small farms community
Web community that attempts to join producers and consumers who are looking for each other.  Kentucky could use more representation.
Meat and Poultry Online
An excellent site for processors.  Provides timely industry information and daily newsupdates.
The Meating Place
A great source for processing industry news.  The meating place provides updated news stories on a daily basis as well as other processing information.


Beef.Org -- Complete Beef Industry Resource
From the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, and American National CattleWomen, this site promotes the beef industry to the public as well as providing a source of information for those involved in the beef industry.
Kentucky Cattle Call
The Kentucky Cattlemen's Association Website where their mission is to provide leadership to support, improve, and inform the Kentucky beef industry.
K-State Livestock & Meat Marketing Web Site
"The web site's purpose is to provide marketing information and applied research results to livestock industry participants on a wide range of topics.
Retained Ownership Online
The Retained Ownership Online Website provides resources to help managers get information and make profitable decisions about backgrounding, grazing, preconditioning and finishing cattle.
Niche Marketing Considerations
Wyoming Lean Beef- an excellent case study on Beef Niche Marketing.
University of California Small Farm Center
This is the publications page of the UC Small Farm Center.  It houses articles on developing a marketing plan, selling to restaurants and wholesalers, and selling at a farmers market.  Many of the articles are based on fruit and vegetable marketing, but most of the same principles apply.


National Pork Producers Council
"This is the place for pork lovers, pork producers, and anyone who wants to learn more about pigs and pork!"
The Niche Market Place
" This site is designed to assist members of the pork community in "linking" together to supply unmet demands for pork."

Lamb and Goat

Welcome to Sheep @ Purdue!!
This site provides useful information regarding sheep production.
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
This site contains information about sheep and goat production as well as links to other sheep and goat information on the Web.
American Sheep Industry Association Page
This site provides general sheep information, but also has an excellent section on alternative marketing.

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Last Update: March 18, 2009

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