Anyone who has ever raised animals and sent them to a slaughterhouse understands the anxiety that comes along with not knowing how your stock is going to be treated once it leaves your sight. I've personally seen and butchered the carcasses of animals that shipped off-farm in perfect good health come back from the slaughterhouse with broken bones and bruises. And although I never had to personally transport and the animals to the slaughterhouse, I know it was big pain in the neck for the guy who did. So I have a lot of empathy for farmers who want to take charge of what undeniably one of the most difficult stages in meat production and do the slaughter themselves.
Now, I don't personally know the people at Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont. Their quest to raise money to build out a USDA inspected abbatoir on their farm was brought to my attention by a virtual friend on Facebook. But I think that I know enough about what they must be going through to offer them a hand by publishing their Kickstarter page on AHA. Check it out
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