Sarah Teale of the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative is committed to producing healthy grassfed beef, using localized distribution, and connecting chefs to quality products. On this episode of The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks welcomes Sarah to the studio to talk about the history of Upstate New York farming. Learn about the state’s roots in dairy, and why so many farmers are also taking up beef production. What are the criteria that the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative use to judge the quality of beef producers? Find out how the cooperative operates using a method that provides equality amongst its members and allows for farmers to get high prices for their meat. Hear about the importance of transparency within the cooperative, and how their extensive network of truckers, butchers, and more has made the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative a successful effort. Thanks to our sponsor, Consider Bardwell. Today’s music has been provided by takstar.
“There are different breeds that are better for dairy, and there are others that are better for beef. There are certain breeds that also lend themselves to grassfed beef.” [6:45]
“Slaughterhouses are a real challenge in meat production. There are many states that don’t have hardly any slaughterhouses.” [13:00]
“New York loses a farm every three days.” [27:05]
— Sarah Teale on The Farm Report