Wolf Pack Meats sees increased demand for local products

Reported by: Van Tieu
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Updated: 8/19/2014 10:27 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Production is up at Wolf Pack Meats as more consumers demand locally-sourced food.

Jim Salas said cattle processing at the plant is up 40%, and they expect to process about 600 head of cattle this year.

The University of Nevada main station farm where cattle are raised is on the same land as the Wolf Pack Meats processing plant. On Tuesday, a group of students and staff process and package Greek sausages. They are locally sourced, locally processed, and will be locally sold at a Greek festival.

Salas said an operation like this was not normal in recent history. "[The meat industry] got away from it with the big farms. It was cheaper. It was cheaper to get it from a big factory, and it's gradually pushed out the small farmer."

But Wolf Pack Meats helps out those small ranchers who otherwise cannot sell to the large processors. "We try to help the ones that'll have one cow, or maybe two cattle, or three pigs. Small numbers."

Consumer movements pushing for local meats have also helped business. Part of the Farm to Fork movement is knowing exactly where your food came from.

The demand is so great, there is a growing wait list at Wolf Pack Meats. They are looking to fund a larger cooler, and invest in faster packaging supplies.
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