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Welcome to Meat Systems

A professional development opportunity in grass-based meat systems for agricultural service providers and farmers provided by the Northeast SARE state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

2008-2011 Producing Natural Local Meat for Consumers

2011-2014   Grass Fed All Year Long

2014-2017 Health Care Practices for our Food Animals

A SARE Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

-- a project to improve environmental quality by reducing drugs in meat production; enhance economic viability by reducing off-farm inputs and meeting increased consumer demand for local foods free of antibiotics and drugs; and respond to immediate public social concerns about the effects on humans of antibiotics in food animals. 

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USDA Veterinary Services Workshop August 22, 2017

Is the Public Really Safe on Your Farm?


This FREE training workshop, hosted by the USDA Veterinary Services, in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture and public health, aims to maximize your knowledge in order to minimize the risks on a variety of agritourism operations. It will focus on topics such as overall farm safety risks, the relationship between animal health and public health, best practices to keep your livestock healthy, farm liability, and much more. 

Tuesday August 22, 2017     9:45 am – 4 pm
Charlton Public Library – Dexter Hall, 40 Main Street, Charlton, MA

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Commercial dairy production and drug usage presentation by Craig Jones, Agri-Mark Presentation 4-22-16
June 30, 2016 FDA Fifth Biannual Progress Report on Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals
CT NOFA 2016 presentation-Antibiotic Stewardship and Health Care for Our Animals

Northeast SARE Connecticut Professional Development Projects

Health Care Practices for Our Food Animals


Close to 30 million pounds of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in animal agriculture (80% of all antibiotics sold).  The 2014 PDP project assessment questionnaire surveyed 110 agricultural service providers, veterinarians, and university educators. Eighty-four percent (84%) of respondents stated that agricultural service providers and farmers need education about the use of drugs/antibiotics in food animal production.
The grant creates a Health Care Practices for our Food Animals Working Group that will design educational programs over the next three years for agricultural service providers to assist farmers with information and assistance from veterinary, university, and regulatory professionals to address the following key topics:


  • Insuring adequate drug protocols to treat sick animals
  • Antibiotic use and resistance
  • Identify food animal production systems that prevent disease and  reduce the need for antibiotics
  • FDA and USDA regulations for uses of drugs/antibiotics/hormones:

Grass-Fed All Year Long


Increased year-round production of grass-fed meat in Southern New England can help alleviate, if not eliminate, the problems of limited USDA infrastructure for slaughter and processing. While many farmers enjoy the seasonality of their current operations, others would like the opportunity to even out their income flow by slaughtering year-round. Workshops focus on strategies for year-round production, including: breed selection, forage options and use of baleage, rotational grazing, farmstead and facility design and maintenance, meat cutting and fabrication.
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Producing Natural Local Meat for Consumers


Consumers will benefit from the availability of locally grown natural meats and farmers will benefit from selling their meat directly to consumers.—these were the basic premises of this first three-year educational project. More than 7 in 10 farmers surveyed in our tri-state survey of meat producers reported they would expand their business if they had better access to a USDA inspected slaughter facility. Dr. Temple Grandin, notable expert in the humane treatment of animals, offered presentations to consumers, farmers and students that have already resulted in changes in the work of livestock farmers, processors, farm workers, and students.
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September 13, 2017

Kingston, Rhode Island

Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture 

 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Rhode Island,
East Farm, Building 7
2163 Kingstown Rd. (Route 108) Kingston, RI


Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture after 1 January 2017

Michael Murphy, Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

USDA Veterinary Services – An Exploration of What it Means to Safeguard Animal Agriculture

Valerie Koenig, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS
(Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
Kimberly A. Haling, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS

The VFD in Practice: What the Veterinary Feed Directive means for producers, feed mills, and veterinarians, and the pharmaceutical industry

Laura Harthan, Feed Commodities International
Kevin Tobey, DVM, Elanco Dairy Portfolio Representative


Contact: Jean King




New Agricultural Applications for Antimicrobials.
A Danger to Human Health: An Official Position Statement of the
Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Samuel L. Aitken, Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston;Thomas J. Dilworth, Department of
Pharmacy, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis, Milwaukee;  Emily L. Heil, Deprtment of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore;  Michael D. Nailor, Department of Pharmacy Services, Hartford Hospital, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut.;
PHARMACOTHERAPY Volume 36, Number 4, 2016


September 2014

by the President’s Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology (PCAST)

What Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug
Discovery Means for US, CT

June 7, 2016 WNPR Broadcast - link to live podcast