The Farmer owned and managed farmer’s cooperative known as North Cascade Meat Producers Cooperative has begun work to establish a new USDA meat processing capacity, in partnership with Del Fox Meats in Stanwood, for Island, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. NCMPC will offer USDA processing for those farmers who desire it, as well as WSDA Custom Exempt service for those who depend on private use services. Members and non-members will have access to these services with members having priority scheduling.
NCMPC has also established the North Cascade Meat grass-fed brand in the region to provide members with a marketing program offering an above average return on their livestock. We are also investigating other branded products, such as organic and pasture based, for the branded marketing program.
The mobile slaughter unit will begin operation early in 2015, and Del Fox meats expects to have their USDA processing facility available late in 2015. In the interim, USDA processing will be done in Rochester, WA at Heritage Meats. The NCMPC marketing program will begin on a smaller scale until the new Del Fox cut and wrap facility is available.