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Private Meat Processors To Process Animals For Commercial Sale

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, UDAF, is allowing private meat processors to slaughter animals for commercial sale.

UDAF commissioner Logan Wilde said allowing a limited number of Utah slaughter establishments to handle animals for commercial sale could alleviate potential meat shortages.

According to Wilde, animal processing backlogs are not nearly as serious in Utah as other parts of the country where many inspected facilities have cut back their hours to limit their employees’ potential exposure to COVID-19. Fewer animals are being processed, which is starting to result in a lack of feed and land for the stockpile of livestock.

 

A stockpile of animals from farms and ranches are waiting to be slaughtered and processed. In some states animals are being euthanized and not processed for meat.

Meat processed by the custom exempt facilities temporarily under state inspection can only be sold in Utah. However, the meat can be sold to grocery stores, and restaurants.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.