Michigan Meat Network

This business to business network supports businesses’ efforts to produce, process, distribute, and sell local and regional meat products in Michigan. Learn more about the resources, tools, and what the Michigan Meat Network has to offer, below.



Resources

Publications to support the network and help meat and livestock business' efforts to sell more local meats can be located at: http://foodsystems.msu.edu/our-work/michigan_meat_network/resources



Tools

The network offers several tools to help business partners connect and build markets:



Google Group

You can sign up for the MI MEAT NET Google Group to learn more.

Have a question about state regulations? Looking to find a new supplier (or be that supplier!) of local beef? Maybe you need some advice on buying a piece of equipment? The MI Meat Net Google Group allows users to do all these things by connecting meat and livestock stakeholders around the state.

This online discussion forum lets subscribers send and receive posts that reach 100+ other farmers, processors, food businesses in every region of Michigan – from Marquette to Dearborn. The Group is growing and we hope to have 300+ subscribers by the end of Summer 2016! Be sure to tell your colleagues and associates about this unique online resource for Michigan meat and livestock businesses.

 

Network Events

The Michigan Meat Network organizes and coordinates multiple educational and networking opportunities for farmers, processors, food professionals, and buyers throughout the year. This includes tours, workshops, webinars, and 2 statewide network meetings per year. Events and activities are posted here and on the MI MEAT NET Google Group. Let us know if your business is interested in partnering or hosting a future Michigan Meat Network event! We love to showcase successful and innovative work all around the state.

 

Michigan Meat Map Directory (COMING SOON!)

Need to find a custom processor in your area? Curious about where you can source local meat for your retail business? Perhaps you’d like to explore a new market for halal certified meats? This interactive business directory lists all of Michigan’s USDA inspected and custom-exempt meat processors and is designed to help you locate businesses and find answers your processing questions. You can also list your own meat business, add descriptions and photos, or update contact information. If you’re not on the directory, please let us know if you would like your business to be listed. The Michigan Meat Map is still in development. Stay tuned! 

 

The MSU CRFS Livestock Workgroup

The Network also serves as a source for relevant research and resources from the MSU Livestock Work Group, MSU Extension, the Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network (NMPAN), and other state and national partners.

 

Who’s involved in the Michigan Meat Network?

The Network represents the entire meat value chain, from producer to consumer:

  • Michigan’s livestock producers, including beef, pork, small ruminants, poultry and specialty meat producers
  • Meat processors (USDA inspected, custom-exempt, and retail-exempt establishments)
  • Food distributors (meat wholesalers, food hubs, and broadline distributors)
  • Institutional food service departments (schools, hospitals, childcare and assisted living)
  • Retail businesses (grocery, specialty stores, butcher shops, and restaurants)
  • Educators, researchers, extension agents, and regulators
     

Core partner organizations in the Michigan Meat Network include the Michigan Meat Association, MSU Extension, MDARD, Michigan Restaurant Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, and many others. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to join the MI MEAT NET Google Group, download resources, and participate in Network events and programming. If you are interested or invested in Michigan meat and livestock, please join the Network!

 

Why participate in the Network?

There are many benefits and reasons to participate in the Michigan Meat Network:

  • Opportunities to attend educational and networking events for Michigan producers, processors, food processionals, and buyers
  • Use of MI MEAT NET Google Group to post questions, seek business connections, make announcements, and learn about new resources and upcoming meat/ livestock related events
  • Access to business and technical resources for producers, processors, and meat marketers including current research, webinars, and business tools
  • Give feedback and make recommendations for future programming, resources, and research based on your needs and experiences working with Michigan meat and livestock
     

The goals of the Michigan Meat Network are to improve business communication, support the growth of strategic alliances between farms, processors, and other supply-chain partners, improve business viability for Michigan’s livestock producers and meat processors, all while helping meet consumer demand for local and regional meat products. We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations to take advantage of all our Network offerings.

 

*The Michigan Meat Network is based around the idea of “value chains”, which are defined as strategic alliances between farms, processors, and other supply-chain partners that deal in significant volumes of high-quality, differentiated food products and distribute rewards equitably across the chain. Primary funding for the Michigan Meat Network and MSU Livestock Work Group comes from USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).