Levine Legislation to Help Local California Ranchers Expand Access to Craft Livestock Signed by the Governor

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) to support the growing craft ranching and craft butchery sectors was signed by the Governor yesterday. AB 888 will make it easier and safer to sell livestock at the farm where it was raised.

AB 888 would create a much-needed opportunity for small producers raising sheep, goat and swine, by allowing arrangements for slaughtering livestock on the farm or ranch where they were raised; the same opportunity that was already granted to beef producers in 2018 with AB 2114 (Chapter 211 of 2018). In doing so, this will strengthen local food systems, connect consumers with the ranchers who produce their food and support ranching businesses that stimulate rural economies.

Consumer preferences are shifting, with many consumers wishing to buy their food from producers in their own community, and from producers who are known to them. AB 888 seeks to provide greater flexibility for California’s small-scale livestock producers who provide fresh, locally grown and raised livestock to Californians who prefer to buy directly from the farm or ranch where the animals were raised. On-farm harvest is the most cost-effective, environmentally sound, and humane way for this small segment of livestock sales to be carried out.  

“AB 888 will help expand access to local food sources for Californians while supporting small-scale livestock producers and ranchers,” said Assemblymember Levine. “Providing these small businesses with more flexibility through on-farm harvest is a more humane way to treat the animals and is better for our environment.”

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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma counties.
Connect with Assemblymember Levine on social media: @AsmMarcLevine.