Last week I was contacted by Leah Brown requesting a letter of support from our organization (for a multi-species USDA-inspected slaughter and meat processing facility in Halifax County). After discussing the request with the other Board Members, we decided to provide a letter of support.
The following is a copy of the letter for membership review.
February 3, 2013Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association SVMGA.org SVMGA@gmail.com Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 102 Governor Street Richmond, VA 23219
RE: Letter of Support
The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association (SVMGA) supports the general notion of a multi-species USDA Inspected Slaughter and Meat Processing Facility being located in the County of Halifax, Virginia. Although SVMGA has not been involved in the official discussions regarding this proposed facility, we understand that the planning is in its infancy, and were recently told that the County of Halifax is seeking funding from VDACS to underwrite a feasibility study.
Our organization has a vested interest in ensuring that our members have a wide range of marketing avenues for their livestock. Although there are USDA Inspected Facilities within a reasonable distance of our members, our area sorely lacks the capacity to fill requests for niche and specialty meat products. For a facility to be useful for our members it would need to have the capacity to slaughter and process multi-species livestock to include small ruminants, the capability to produce halal and kosher meat products, and the potential to produce value-added smoked meat products.
Should there be questions or the need for additional input, please feel free to contact our organization.
Respectfully Submitted,Denise S. Hudson SVMGA President Elect CC: Leah Brown, Halifax County Agriculture Development Director Jim Halasz, Halifax County Administrator Halifax County Board of Supervisors