Meat and Livestock Development

​Meat Processor Grants

Note: The application period for the Meat Processor Grants is open through January 14, 2022.

The Meat Processor Infrastructure Grant strives to grow Wisconsin’s meat industry and improve the long-term viability of the livestock sector through services to meat processing establishments.  ​

Meat Processor Infrastructure Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)​​

Meat Processor Infrastructure Grant Application​​

Livestock and Meat Processing Industry Economic Contribution

Since the late 1800's, Wisconsin's livestock and meat industries have played a key role in our state's economy. They directly employ well over 50,000 people and, with warehousing and distribution included, they contribute $27 billion to our state's economy. That is nearly 27% of Wisco​nsin's $104.8 billion agriculture industry. ​

Wisconsin's rich environment allows farmers to ​raise a wide variety of livestock including beef cattle, hogs, and poultry. Of the 3.5 million cows in Wisconsin, approximately 1.4 million of them are beef cattle. There are also about 732,000 hogs and nearly 56 million chicken broilers across the state. 

There are nearly 500 state, federal and custom exempt meat processing facilities in Wisconsin.  In 2018, Wisconsin's livestock and meat industry harvested more than 2.1 million animals for beef, pork, and chicken with a combined live weight of nearly 2.2 billion pounds. These meats are sold domestically across the U.S. and to more than 90 countries globally.

DATCP Engagement

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Animal Health, Food and Recreational Safety, Agricultural Resource Management, and Agricultural Development Divisions are highly engaged with the producers and processors that provide safe and quality meats. These division staff also serve as a resource to connect producers with university, state, and federal programs.  ​​