December 28, 2010
The Albemarle County Planning Commission is considering a move to allow slaughterhouses in the County.
Central Virginia cattle farmers listed a number of reasons why a local slaughterhouse would benefit the community. Proponents say the move would keep meat and livestock local and cut travel/transportation costs.
Neil Williamson, of the Free Enterprise Forum, supports the idea and says it would be especially useful for the local food movement. "It's important to recognize, hamburger comes from cows," Williamson said. "We need to provide the opportunity for that hamburger to be processed here in Albemarle, to employee people here in Albemarle and to reduce the cost of local beef getting to local restaurants," he said.
Currently, the closest meat processing center is about 60 miles away in Harrisonburg.