The Livestock Institute’s new slaughterhouse and processing facility will have significant positive effects in four separate areas:
TLI is not only building an important piece of infrastructure for livestock farmers, but also developing the educational opportunities that surround this endeavor.
TLI is working with a local educational institution to involve students in studying the economic impacts of this facility and developing the marketing of the facility.
TLI also aims to work with other educational institutions to help develop curricula involving processing of animals and value added products.
2. Economic Growth
The proposed facility will positively impact job opportunities in an area that has had chronic unemployment for years.
Initially, the facility will employ 5-6 full time employees but should grow to 12-15 employees with the expected growth in throughput.
In addition, a successful facility will mean more jobs on the farms themselves and in the agricultural support services such as feed stores, agricultural supply stores, etc.
3. Food Security
With easier access to a high quality USDA facility, producers will increase their herds. More local meat products will be available for consumers and to the restaurant, hotel and institutional trade in the region.
Today, the marketing of local meat products is disconnected and not well understood or utilized. TLI's facility will have a retail store that is easily accessible to the whole region and an operating structure that fosters the growth of direct sales by the producers.
4. Preservation of Open Spaces
Building this facility will also help keep agricultural land in use rather than being developed, by increasing the capacity of local, small-scale livestock farmers.