Meatsmith Co-op

A Producer- and Worker-Owned Cooperative

Annual Meeting

Please save the 2023 Annual Member Meeting for the afternoon of Sunday, September 17th.

Who: Members of the Southern Wisconsin Cooperative aka Meatsmith Co-op (aka YOU).

What: Annual Meeting of the Membership

When: Sunday September 17, 2023.  12:00 noon potluck.  1:00 pm business meeting

Where: Southwing of the Upper Shelter at McKeller Park in Blanchardville WI (NOTE: this is the same park, but not the same shelter as last year's meeting) 

Why: Update on cooperative business, board of director elections, fellowship and fun

More details...

The annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cooperative, aka Meatsmith Co-op will be held on Sunday September 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm at McKeller Park in Blanchardville WI. We'll start with a potluck lunch at noon-- please bring a dish to share! Similar to last year the board will provide plates, forks and spoons, cups, napkins, and drinking water.

At 1:00 pm the business meeting will commence and will include updates on all on-going cooperative business including status of processing facility, mobile slaughter unit, and finances. Results of the electronic election to fill 2 Board of Director seats, each for a 3 year term will also be announced.

Board elections will be electronic (similar process as last year) with each member receiving a link to the ballot around September 1, 2023 to the email of file.

You can find more information about becoming a member on our Membership Page.

Welcome to Meatsmith Co-op

Meatsmith Co-op is a newly formed organization serving Lafayette, Green, Iowa, Dane, Grant, and Rock Counties which aims to serve both farmers, butchers, and consumers, providing a close and transparent connection through the processing of whole carcass beef, pork, lamb, and goats.

We are in the process of locating a building to become a nose-to-tail meat processing facility with future plans to operate a state-inspected mobile slaughter unit (MSU) to harvest animals exclusively on local farms. As a co-op, our goal is to provide services that make it easier to link farmers and consumers and keep our community thriving and connected.

After many years and much research, it is evident that access to timely and affordable meat harvest and processing is a real need in our community. Please consider helping us reach our goal of $20,000 to make this happen. This money will go toward renovation, equipment and start-up costs to pay employees.

Livestock Producer Membership is Now Available!

We are inviting small- and medium-scale producers of cattle, hogs, sheep and goats in southern Wisconsin to sign up to become members for a one-time fee of $500. When you become a member, you become an owner of the cooperative, giving you access to preferential scheduling, lower processing fees and profit sharing, as well as a voice in developing cooperative policies and choosing its leadership. 

Learn more about becoming a member HERE!

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