The Western Meat School is an innovative learning experience where farmers, ranchers, butchers, & others will learn how to direct market meat.
Welcome to the online home for activities of the Western Meat School (WMS) in New Mexico. Mesalands Community College is proud to be the coordinating academic institution in New Mexico for the WMS. This landing page provides an overview of the WMS activities as part of the collaborative effort of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, and Mesalands Community College.
Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation. The Western Meat School is a modern, accessible, affordable, and time-efficient way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain.
The course has scheduled classes every Tuesday evening from October 11th- December 6th (skipping Thanksgiving week). See the detailed curriculum at Western Meat School.
Classes include around 90 minutes of lectures, 45 minutes of discussion/Q & A, and a 10 minute break between speakers.
Note: Local venues may have added in-person activities tailored to the evening session topics.
Where Are Classes?
The eight-week course is offered in a virtual format for the Fall of 2022.
What Time Do Classes Start and End?
Each class begins at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and ends at 8:00pm each Tuesday for eight weeks, not including Thanksgiving week.
What is the Registration Cost?
$ 150 for individuals, families, and business partners.
What is Included in the Cost?
You will have access to live presentations with plenty of time for questions, recordings, slides, handouts, discussions and chats. You will also have the ability to email instructors with questions as needed for up to 6 months after signing up!
Are There Scholarships?
Yes. Full-scholarships are available for dual enrollment, clubs and chapters of 4-H and FFA members in New Mexico registering through Mesalands Community College Dual-Credit Program. Submit a request for more information by contacting Dr. Manny Encinias at (505) 927-7935 or via email at [email protected].
A pool of scholarships are available for the rest of the country. The school has prioritized scholarships based on financial need and ethnic diversity. Apply at Western Meat School under Enroll or submit a request directly to the course director- [email protected]
Earn College Credit
Mesalands Community College offers this program for Dual Enrollment Students in New Mexico. High School students may register for the eight week program including College credit.
- For college credit students must complete their registration.
- Choose your Highschool on the registration form. If you do not see your high school listed please call (505) 927-7935
- Upon completion a document will be sent to confirm registration requiring a signature from the high school counselor, student, and parent/guardian.
- A College ID will be assigned with a login to Moodle, Email, and my.mesalands.edu (Students must log into my.mesalands.edu first and change their password).
- The online course will be accessed through Moodle.
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Contact: Dr. Manny Encinias mobile phone: (505) 927-7935 email: [email protected]