Alpaca Meat Processing, Harrisonburg VA

A FIRST FOR T&E

If there is one thing for certain about working in a meat plant, you are never bored! Animal agriculture brings new things every day. In mid-June, it was our first Alpaca, seen here in the barn. While alpacas and llamas are a part of what’s for dinner in South America and a few other places […]

New Look, Same Company

T&E Meats is thrilled to launch our new website today! The site is chock-full of information about the services we offer, the support we provide, the meat processing industry, profiles of our farmers and producers, and where to buy local meats. The new T&E Meats website was launched with financial support provided by an ACRES […]

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Publishes Interview with T&E Meats Owner, Joe Cloud

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network publishes a series of articles for small-scale processors, and T&E owner, Joe Cloud, was featured in their October interview. He discusses his approach to hiring, training, and retaining employees. You can read the article and download the PDF here.

The New York Times Ethics of Meat Contest

The NYT challenged readers to submit a 600-word essay answering the question “Why is it Ethical to Eat Meat.  Entries were due by April 8, 2012.   They commissioned 5 judges—Peter Singer, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Andrew Light—all of whom question or attack the idea of eating meat.  The prize – […]

I Like Meat

I was recently reading the comments to an on-line article about the ethics of meat-eating.  What follows is my response to the comment “What we need are place-based, not plant-based, diets.”  I couldn’t have said it better, and so I wrote: “I eat animals because I like them.  I like their meat, and I like […]

How high-tech butchers, niche operations differ (SFGate)

T&E Meats was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Gate. Here’s an excerpt: Cloud was lured to this underappreciated link in the local food chain by Joel Salatin, the hyperarticulate farmer made famous by UC Berkeley’s Michael Pollan and the film “Food, Inc.” Salatin was worried about the Harrisonburg plant, T&E Meats, which […]

The Fight to Save Small-Scale Slaughterhouses (The Atlantic)

T&E Meats co-owner Joe Cloud is a regular blogger at The Atlantic. His latest post is titled, “The Fight to Save Small-Scale Slaughterhouses”. An excerpt: Picture an hourglass and you’ll understand the sustainable meat crisis: there are plenty of willing consumers out there, and there are more and more farmers looking to “meat” that consumer […]

Next Slaughterhouse Extinction Wave

This should be the slowest time of the year for butchering, but T&E Meats is booked months in advance, like the other small meat processing plants in my area. We’re all working at almost full capacity to bring locally grown, pasture-raised, and humanely slaughtered quality meats to market. The local food movement and the bad […]

Surprise

Ever hear the phrase “Sometimes life is what happens when you are making other plans?”  I purchase pigs regularly for our sausage making enterprise, and almost always have some in the barn.  Imagine my surprise yesterday to come in and find my little herd had grown by 6!  Someone had shipped a pregnant sow to […]