NEWLY LAUNCHED WEB RESOURCES HELP U.S. GOAT PRODUCERS; NICHE MEAT PROCESSORS

eXtension has launched two Communities of Practice to the public this week: Goats and Small Meat Processors.

The goat industry Web site provides help for new and inexperienced producers, as well as those with experience but who need an answer to a specific question. The site includes answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about meat, dairy and fiber producing goats. If a question cannot be found in the FAQs, eXtension’s “Ask an Expert” feature can be used for a quick response. The site also includes in-depth, peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of goat production. Go to www.extension.org and choose Goats.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), with experts from more than 25 universities has developed content to tackle a critical challenge for livestock farmers and ranchers who want to sell into niche markets: meat processing. NMPAN is organized around the Web site www.extension.org under the resource area “small meat processors.” The group has published over 100 online articles explaining issues critical to niche meat processing from core topics like applying for USDA inspection and creating a food safety plan, to presenting new tools like an operating cost calculator for mobile processing units.