Registration now open for 2nd annual Carolina Meat Conference

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Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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The two-day December event includes a keynote address from author, speaker and livestock consultant Dr. Temple Grandin, who is known not only for her contributions to animal science, but for being one of America’s great autism advocates (she is herself autistic).

A Blind Pig dinner is also part of the event in Bermuda Run, two hours from Asheville.

Two-day General Registration is $145. The Monday Night Social with a Blind Pig dinner and keynote with Grandin is $29 with General Registration; $60 for those not attending the conference.

A special announcement from NC Choices, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative that promotes sustainable food systems:

NC Choices is pleased to announce a very special guest for the 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference.

Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver a keynote address on Monday night and present a technical lecture on low stress animal handling on Tuesday morning. Conference registration opens in early October!

Dr. Grandin’s insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling have revolutionized food-animal welfare around the world.Her accomplishments as a speaker, author and advocate earned her a place among TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010, and her life story was the subject of the acclaimed 2010 HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin,” winner of seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.Temple Grandin is world-famous for overcoming her personal struggles with autism to lead dramatic improvements in the livestock industry. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years, Grandin is a celebrated speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling.

From a press release:

Online registration for the 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference is now open at
with a special Monday night social,
dinner with the Blind Pig Supper Club,
welcome and comments with
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and
keynote address with Dr. Temple Grandin
and featuring some of NC’s best farmers, meat processors,
educators and food professionals including
Acre Station Meat Farm
Chop Shop Butchery
Foothills Pilot Plant
Mays Meats
Proffitt Family Farm
Rogers Cattle Company
Rose’s Meats and Sweets
San Giusseppe Salami Company
Weeping Radish Brewery and Butchery
and many more…
as well as
Animal Welfare Approved
Kari Underly, Range, Inc, Chicago, IL
Adam Tiberio, Tiberio Custom Meats, Brooklyn, NY
Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC
Tanya Cauthen, Belmont Butchery, Richmond, VA
T&E Meats, Harrisonburg, VA
Arion Thiboumery, NMPAN and Lorentz Meats


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December 3rd & 4th 2012
with a very special keynote address by
Dr. Temple Grandin
and dinner with the Blind Pig of Asheville
WinMock Barn and Event Center, Bermuda Run, NC

Join a diverse group of professionals within the local and niche meat industry for two days of panel discussions, workshops, networking and demonstrations! Topics include cured meats in retail and foodservice, efficiency in small plants, regulatory issues, controlling input costs in pastured meat production, challenges of value-added processing, innovative marketing, and more! Back by popular demand- intensive hands-on workshops for consumers, farmers and chefs.

How Much Does It Cost?
2 day General Registration $145
includes 2 light breakfasts, 2 lunches and breaks
Monday Night Social, Dinner with The Blind Pig
and Keynote with Dr. Temple Grandin
$29 with General Registration
$60 for those not attending the conference

For more information about sponsorship, trade show opportunities, or other details, contact Meredith McKissick 828.582.5039 or

For the latest news and details on the Carolina Meat Conference please join at
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What is the Carolina Meat Institute?
NC Choices has designed a suite of educational
programs to serve the local and
niche meat supply chain.


1)    Butcher Apprentice Network -Curriculum and apprentice placement program integrating farm, slaughterhouse, retail and kitchen experiences to prepare potential employees and stimulate entrepreneurship in the local meat industry. Pilot for 2012.
2)    Annual Carolina Meat Conference- Statewide annual conference bringing together all the players in the local and niche meat supply chain, including farmers, processors, buyers, regulatory and marketing agencies, and Extension personnel.
3)    Regional Workshops- Workshop series held 3-4 times a year in different regions of NC, focusing on specific marketing and processing issues for farmers, processors and food professionals.
4)    In-House Business Development for commercial meat processors.

Carolina Meat Institute Partners


Lurphy DePalma

Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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  1. Stewart David October 10, 2012

    “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Leonardo Da Vinci“

    A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” Leo Tolstoy

    “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to humankind.” Albert Schweitzer

    “As long as humanity continues to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

    “As long as human beings go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin. There will be no justice as long as a man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
    Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

    “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Leo Tolstoy


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