Beef and dairy cows graze on Peter Orr's farm in Thompson, Conn., Tuesday, May 3, 2011. State agriculture departments in the region are financing a marketing study to help dairy farmers and beef ... more 
Beef and dairy cows graze on Peter Orr's farm in Thompson, Conn., Tuesday, May 3, 2011. State agriculture departments in the region are financing a marketing study to help dairy farmers and beef producers like Orr to establish markets for locally their produced beef. But the stumbling blocks for farmers and meat processors are many: Setting up a slaughterhouse is a big investment, and local zoning rules bar such businesses. Meatpackers in New England say it's hard to compete price-wise with slaughterhouses in other states, and they have trouble keeping skilled meat cutters and other workers. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jessica Hill
Fri, Jun 3, 2011 8:58 AM EDT