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:
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: email@example.com.
Forms can be printed, filled out and returned via mail to:
C/O Jill Gaskell
W9381 Busy Bee Ln
Blanchardville, WI 53516
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.