A plan to bring local cows to local markets is moving forward in Inyo County. Inyo/Mono Agricultural Commissioner George Milovich and Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio worked to get a US Department of Agriculture grant to look into the feasibility of a natural livestock industry.
The details are still being hashed out, but the idea would be to sell and market local beef to local restaurants and stores. This could entail a grass fed beef campaign, or a campaign to market beef with no hormones or pesticides.
Rather then send local cattle out of the area, the beef could be slaughtered, packaged and distributed from Inyo to local markets and markets out of the area. A mobile processing plant is also a possibility.
At the recent Inyo Supervisors meeting, Milovich and Carunchio announced plans for two workshops that would test the waters of local interest in a plan like this. The first workshop, for local producers and others, is scheduled for November 17th at Whiskey Creek in Bishop. The second workshop, basically to taste the local beef, is for anyone from local cooks and restaurant owners to store owners and others. The second workshop is scheduled for January 7th.
With this modest plan to boost the local economy now in motion, Carunchio called these workshops an exciting first step.