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Mobile Livestock Slaughter Unit
One of our latest projects is the Mobile Livestock Slaughtering Unit. The MLSU is expected to open up new markets for Northern New Mexico ranchers. Not only will the unit dramatically cut costs for producers of cattle, lamb, bison and other livestock the refrigerated truck is expected to encourage ranchers to take advantage of “healthy market niches at stores and restaurants". Our local ranchers and livestock growers are raising ranch fed, healthy meat and then having to sell it on the hoof for pennies. We want to give them a chance to hang onto their lifestyles, land, and water while making a decent living.

The unit housed in a semi-tractor trailer, is driven to the producer’s location and can process up to 10 beef, 80 lambs and 8 buffalo on site. Animals are killed outside the unit, in a humane manner, and then trolleyed inside to be skinned, cleaned and hung for aging. TCEDC’s Hang & Age and Cut & Wrap facility is available for local ranchers and livestock growers to provide niche markets with locally grown meats.

The MLSU is a USDA-inspected mobile slaughter house providing the opportunity for resale of meat. “Mobile Livestock Slaughter Unit” seeks to assist small limited-resource, underserved Hispanic, Native American and female ranchers and farmers with tools and services that enable them to increase income, create jobs and businesses, and promote healthy people in a healthy community. Our project will add another community asset to specifically assist in adding jobs and businesses in an economic sector for which there is a strong and emerging market. TCEDC utilized $200,000 awarded through the New Mexico Legislature, to build a Mobile Livestock Slaughtering Unit (MLSU) to enhance economic opportunities for limited resource ranchers in Northern New Mexico. Support programs associated with the MLSU will be developed by TCEDC to build on and expand the existing skills and resources of ranch families and to grow their capacities in business planning, meat processing and marketing to diverse local and regional markets. With the addition of the MLSU, TCEDC will target outreach activities to the ranchers in Northern New Mexico. This model project seeks to strengthen limited resource farms and ranches by providing income generation through value-added agricultural activities and marketing opportunities. This goal builds on resources and successes of TCEDC’s Taos Food Center, and the new MLSU will serve as a key asset around which to focus activities.