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Wall Meats Implements New Community Outreach Program
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is proud to call Wall Meats an Affiliate Member and wish to recognize their efforts in promoting local beef in the Wall School District. Owners Ken Charfauros and Janet Niehaus have been busy working with some great people to help bring this community outreach program to reality. On Wednesday December 5th the program will kick-off with the procurement and harvest of the first animal coming from Shasta and Josh Geigle, area producers. The first meal from this locally raised beef will be enjoyed by kids in the Wall School District on January 4th.
SDSGA board member Ty Littau said, “This is a great program! Getting local meat into the school lunch program is not as hard as some might think. Various state inspected meat plants are already approved to do it.” Chafauros echoed his sentiments, “Really it was quite an easy process” he said, adding “even getting the nutritional facts wasn’t hard with the help of a calculating tool from the USDA”.
With the help from some area producers and the team at Wall meats donating some time and efforts as well, this is sure to be a successful program. “There have been similar programs started at various school districts in Wyoming such as Converse county” Said Harding County Rancher Linda Gilbert. “We are hoping to do something similar here in Buffalo” she added.
The students are sure to be the biggest beneficiaries of the program with good wholesome beef in their meals. Gilbert also mentioned that there are even programs in Wyoming schools that reward students’ efforts in reading, citizenship, and other areas with a steak lunch! “What an opportunity to teach kids about pasture to plate and where their food comes from. These are lessons that will stick with kids for a long time past their school days.” Commented Littau.
With the looming deadline for the Electronic Logging Device Mandate and hours of Service (HOS) requirements for livestock haulers, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association encourages an extension of the current HOS exemption for livestock transporters. “As the December 7th deadline approaches for action, we would like to thank Senators Thune and Rounds for their hard work and attention to this issue.” Said James Halverson, SDSGA Executive Director, “While the current exemption has been helpful, more time is needed to find a permanent solution that will not negatively affect producers’ ability to ship livestock as they see fit.”
“Everyone affiliated with the livestock business knows the importance of transporting our animals safely and humanely. The December 7th deadline is quickly approaching and more time is needed to find a workable solution. Public safety is of the utmost importance to us all and the driving record for livestock haulers has been extremely good.” Commented South Dakota Stockgrowers President Gary Deering.
“We urge the current administration to look seriously at this issue and work with transporters and producers alike to find a permanent working solution while also extending the current HOS exemptions under the law.” Added Halverson