Announcing new meat short course: The Western Meat School

Greetings! Can you help us spread the word to your networks and constituencies about the NMPAN organized meat course coming up this winter? See below.


We are excited to announce a new hybrid learning short course for meat producers and processors called the Western Meat School. This is a collaborative effort of Oregon State University, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, and Mesalands Community College.

Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an innovative learning experience where farmers, ranchers, butchers, & others will learn how to direct market meat. This 6 week long course will cover key topics in production, processing, and marketing to produce high-quality meat and sell to diverse market channels. Learn new ways to manage risk in your meat business and improve your profitability.

Expert speakers, both practitioners and academics, will be beaming in via Zoom for six Wednesday evenings in a row in November and December. Classes will take place in-person (COVID willing) at 12 different locations in the 5 organizing states where facilitators will help guide the discussion and we will listen to the presenters on the big screen. Or anyone can take the entire course from the comfort of their home, as long as they have a computer and a decent Internet connection. If any class sites are unable to meet due to local COVID restrictions, 100% of the course is available online. The organizers are making this short course as flexible as possible for those who want to meet and network in person or those who want to learn from home.

The Western Meat School is designed for the following audiences:

  • Farmers & Ranchers with at least a couple years experience
  • Meat Processors & Butchers
  • Meat Buyers, Distributors, Retailers
  • Agricultural Professionals, Extension Specialists, NGOs working on local livestock and meat supply chains

The livestock species covered in this course include:

  • Beef & bison
  • Pigs
  • Sheep & Goats
  • We do not cover poultry, but many of the subjects could be applicable to processing & selling poultry

Enrollment is now open. Reserve your spot today! Investment is $120/individual or $160 for a couple/business partners. A limited number of scholarships are available for low-income individuals and people of color.

Reach out if you have any questions!