About Us

Back in April of 1981 the State of Wyoming's meat inspection program was doing poorly and the Federal government was threatening a program takeover. Many of Wyoming's meat processors saw the need for improvement and had the desire to keep our state meat inspection program alive. To help accomplish this task 24 processors and their wives gathered for lunch and created the Wyoming Meat Processors Association.
By June their membership included 18 meat processing plants as well as a representative from the Animal Sciences Department of the University of Wyoming. Their first order of business was to develop an excellent working relationship with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. In August this newly formed association became the 28th state to become an affiliated member of the American Association of Meat Processors.
Seeing great improvement of the state meat inspection program, enthusiasm for the organization lead to our first convention held March 27-28, 1982 and the creation of our first Smoked Meats Contest in 1983. Montana followed suit and formed their own state association in 1987. Truely believing there is strength in numbers, the Wyoming Meat Processors Association and the Colorado Association of Meat Processors decided to combine forces and in 2000 we began the "Hands Across the Rockies" Annual Convention.

It is the mission of the Wyoming Meat Processors Association and the Colorado Association of Meat Processors to advance and improve the meat and related food industry through various channels. This goal shall be achieved via:
  1. Collecting information about the industry or areas impacting upon it and communicating it promptly and clearly to the membership and the community it serves.
  2. Providing members with formal and informal opportunities for education and information exchange.
  3. Serving as a forum and resource for discussion and development of industry positions and courses of action on any matter affecting the industry or its consuming public.
  4. Encouraging the principles of efficiency and effectiveness, while supporting the humane treatment and handling of animals and livestock.
  5. Supporting full measure and full disclosure within the trade and to its community and moving toward an even safer, healthier meat and food supply for the consumer.