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"Food is not a luxury lifestyle product. It is a social good."
- Tracie McMillan
Next generation processing trailer loaded with new features

THE SCOOP: Callicrate Cattle Company received its new custom-built meat processing unit last month. "This is a milestone. It's a state-of-the-art design," says Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate.

THE BACKSTORY: In 2011, Mike's ranch began processing on-site with a demonstration trailer provided by the Socially Responsible Ag Project. Construction on a new unit started soon after. It contains many revolutionary features, including a hide puller and a section of the processing rail that rotates, making carcass splitting easier. "There's also lots of interior lighting and two scales measure both live and hot carcass weights." The trailer has been extended five feet to accommodate a carcass quartering section outside of the cooler and to provide a tight docking seal for loading into the transport trailer. The carcass cooling section is rearranged to be more efficient. A second hoist on the outside of the trailer allows a staging area for hanging up the next animal in line. "With four people, we will be able to slaughter 20 head a day," he says. "Water use of 32 gallons per head will continue to improve; at the big packing facilities, it's around 730."

UP NEXT: Housing it in a new 65x100-ft. building, currently under construction, will permit comfortable operation year-round in any weather.

More on the mobile slaughter process at MobileMeatProcessing.com

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Full Circle opens for the summer
Look for more of Chef Kevin Campbell's local eating extravaganzas to "pop up" this summer, with special fundraiser dinners already planned for June 19 and June 26
E-mail him at kevin@fullcirclecuisine.com to receive event updates

Below, he opened his summer season in late May at Motif Jazz Bistro with fellow food maverick Mark Henry, owner of the new Meat Locker (located at 1604 S. Cascade inside the delightfully re-envisioned Ivywild School.) Mark Henry sources his beef and many other meats from Ranch Foods Direct for daily lunches and take-home items.


If so, you have reason to be pleased. The city's newest food truck is right at home parked outside the Ranch Foods Direct store. Eric Preston of Good News Foods cooks up burgers, cheese steaks and brats throughout the day, six days a week, with all of the fabulous meat items originating right next door.

CLICK HERE for recent coverage in the Colorado Springs Independent Side Dish column.