[Market-farming] Patterns in direct market sales of meat

Rick Williams mrfarm at frontiernet.net
Thu Jan 2 23:46:40 EST 2003

Rick H. wrote:
>>>>>I agree with your position on the sustainability of shipping meat,
however without cooperation from producers around the country who would list
with our Homestead Foods project we are destined to try and satisfy out of
state requests.

We have not found that internet listings are a help in marketing here at
Misty Ridge Farm. Maybe if you were near a very large market? We are listed
on what I consider to be one of the "big" internet natural/alternative foods
web sites but have not to our knowledge, ever received as much as one
customer in the past year of being listed. Needless to say, we would not
list with anything that did not give us a return on the cost.

>>>>>You might check and see, but there is a loop hole in the state
inspection.  If the purchase is made in the state, i.e. a form of payment
made and the appropriate sales tax paid (you do pay sales tax, right?), then
a second transaction can be made for the transportation costs.

I am not sure why you refer to sales tax? There is certainly no sales tax on
food in Wisconsin. That would be about the most regressive tax on earth.

>>>>>Another reminder is that you are also obligated to pay the beef
checkoff funds on animals you slaughter.

Do you pay it on a quarterly or annual basis?

Also, do you think that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the pork and beef


Rick Williams
Misty Ridge Farm
Direct marketed dairy beef and produce
(also dairy heifers and beef stockers)
Viroqua, WI

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