COVID Meat Survey Survey: Meat-Processing Challenges During COVID-19 Emergency Is your Tribe currently experiencing difficulties having buffalo processed for meat due to shutdowns and complications related to the COVID-19 emergency? In recent weeks, more than 5000+ cases of COVID-19 have been reported at over 120 meat processing plants across the US, which has caused delays in processing times, limits on the number of animals which can be processed, and shutdowns of many major plants across the US. ITBC has heard that these complications may be impacting many of our Member Tribes’ abilities to process buffalo meat as a food resource for their communities. To address this, ITBC is currently working on applying for COVID-19 relief funds that would address the difficulties that some Tribes are having processing buffalo right now, in order to help increase food security for your Nation, mitigate potential upcoming meat shortages and price increases, and develop more opportunities to market Tribally-produced buffalo meat in anticipation of these shortages and price increases for all kinds of meat. Please help ITBC to anticipate some of these needs and to look for solutions by filling out this brief survey, or by calling the office to discuss this more. The questions can be responded to by email, through our website in the spaces below, or by calling the office. Thank you very much for your assistance, and we wish all of your families and communities health and well-being during this emergency! ITBC Member Tribe (required) Submitted By (required) Your Email (required) Phone Number (required) Survey Questions 1. Are you currently experiencing any difficulties processing buffalo due to the shutdown of multiple meat processing plants across the nation and the resulting shortage of processor openings/availability? (Please explain in as much detail as possible- current wait times, number of animal limits, distances needed to find another plant, etc). 2. How many animals would your Tribe like to process for meat within the next: a. 2 months? b. 6 months? c. 1 year? 3. Which cuts do you usually have the majority of the buffalo processed into? (i.e., ground, roasts, steaks, jerky, etc)? 4. What sizes do you usually package for the majority of your meats? (i.e. 1-2 lbs for meals; 5 lb family style packages, or larger sizes?) 5. Do you usually request to save skulls/hides or other products when processing buffalo at a USDA-facility? 6. What sort of meat distribution processes do you have within your community? (i.e. Tribal-run grocery, food distribution programs, retail sales, wholesale distribution, etc?) 7. Do you have the ability to transport live animals to a processing plant? 8. How often would you utilize a mobile slaughterhouse or field-harvesting option if it was available in your area? 9. Do you have suggestions for any other services ITBC could provide to alleviate issues relating to your buffalo programs and caused by COVID-19? Thank you for completing this survey!! We will be in touch with any questions!