Published: April 12, 2013 in the Bellingham Herald
By PATRICK GROVER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Many of us who are connected to raising, processing, purchasing and eating local meat have watched all the hubbub surrounding meat slaughter-packing plants and Whatcom County zoning regulations with a keen interest. Meat producers in Northwest Washington have traditionally utilized several methods of getting their animals to market. Many young animals are sold at auction as feeders, shipped far away for finishing and processing, and then distributed to who-knows-where. Some local animals that are raised to maturity may be sold at auction, either in Everson or in eastern Washington, with most being processed out of the region.