Meatsmith Co-op is a producer- and worker-owned meat processing cooperative, with the goal to expand access to humane on-farm slaughter and whole-carcass butchery for producers in Lafayette, Green, Iowa, Dane, Grant, and Rock Counties.
We are currently launching a membership drive for livestock producers. Members will have a say in how the Co-op runs and earn a share of any profits, among other benefits. In the start-up phase, Meatsmith Co-op will be providing only custom-exempt (not-for-sale) processing, but plans to offer three distinct services in the near future:
State-inspected meat processing at their facility. (2023)
A state-inspected mobile slaughter unit. (2023)
Group marketing and order fulfillment services for members. (2024-25)
Additionally, the Co-op will be participating in the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program as soon as possible, allowing producers to sell their meat anywhere in the country.
The cost to become a producer-member is currently $500.
For more detailed information on becoming a member, please see our Becoming a Member document.
For those who are not producers, but would like to support Meatsmith Co-op a donation to our capital campaign can be made at GoFundMe.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the following:
Review our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
Complete the Getting to Know You Form
Complete the Producer Agreement Form
There are two ways you can return the forms to us:
Forms can be downloaded, filled out and returned via email to Jill Gaskell at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms can be printed, filled out and returned via mail to:
C/O Jill Gaskell
W9381 Busy Bee Ln
Blanchardville, WI 53516
All $500 membership payments should be sent via check to "Southern Wisconsin Meat Co-op" and mailed to the address above.
Please contact us if you would like us to send you paper copies to fill out, or if you have any questions: info@MeatsmithCoop.com.