Mission & Values


The mission of the Southern Wisconsin Meat Cooperative is to create and operate a producer- and worker-owned meat processing cooperative that promotes the well-being of people, animals and land by providing access to humane on-farm harvest, nose-to-tail butchery, locally produced meats and educational opportunities, all with a focus on fostering the economic growth and resilience of our community.


The Southern Wisconsin Meat Cooperative values and respects animals, employees, customers, producers and the land. We act with transparency and integrity to build profitable, sustainable and trusting relationships that promote...


  • Fair wages for employees

  • Cost-effective meat processing for producer members

  • Local, ethical and authentic food for consumers

  • Information and education for our community


  • Healthy conditions for livestock

  • Good production practices

  • Humane harvest methods

  • Respect for the full value of each animal


  • Resilient and sustainable local farms

  • Good stewardship of the land and water

  • Protection of rural landscapes

  • Biodiversity and natural spaces

Further, we adhere to and promote the Seven International Cooperative Principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership

  • Democratic member control

  • Members’ economic participation

  • Autonomy and independence

  • Education, training, and information

  • Cooperation among cooperatives

  • Concern for community