In a recent interview, Mayor Janice Perrino said, “Farming isn’t just orchards and vineyards. It is also raising cattle, pigs, sheep.” She is absolutely right.
Meat production is probably the most economical way to produce high quality protein for human consumption.
There is a large demand for healthy, locally grown free-range meat.
Years ago, lots of that meat was produced here in Summerland.
Then the provincial government brought in some new (and some ridiculous) regulations for abattoirs.
Upgrades to the slaughterhouses proved to be too expensive and one after the other closed their doors.
Today, we don’t have any in the valley.
Not so long ago, a butcher wanted to start a small, up-to-date abattoir in the Summerland industrial area, but council denied the request.
Too bad. It would have created jobs and business opportunities.
In my experience, it is very frustrating to produce meat in Summerland.