Carson Valley Meats is a proposed meat processing facility in Carson Valley. We focus on meeting the needs of local ranchers and producers, preserving the agricultural history of the valley and Nevada, and supporting the next generation of ranchers and farmers through education and extracurricular programs.

We started Carson Valley Meats because Carson Valley ranchers need it. Living off the land is a difficult way of life that isn’t getting any easier. Too many of our friends and fellow ranchers are closing their doors and selling their land because of one simple problem, there isn’t a facility near with availability to get livestock processed in a timely fashion. We started Carson Valley Meats to solve that problem and support local producers in any way possible. Ranchers and producers are the people responsible for keeping the Carson Valley full of beautiful open spaces, and offer us the highest quality locally produced products. Carson Valley Meats is helping to maintain the agricultural character of the Carson Valley.

The Ranchers Behind Carson Valley Meats
Karin Sinclair - Carson Valley Meats Founder

My name is Karin Sinclair. I have owned and operated Sinclair Family Farm in Newcastle, CA with my family since 1998 when my daughter got involved in 4H and wanted to raise sheep. It’s what drives our mission today to run an economically and environmentally profitable farm business that seeks to serve our local communities by providing local food, as well as supporting youth to get involved in agriculture.

We have 130 acres, half of it is irrigated and the other half is considered dry pasture. I run cattle – we have 30 mama cows and two bulls; 50 head of sheep and 20 goats, plus chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and eggs.

There’s so much history here – it’s been in the family for years. Trying to renovate it is a big thing for me. It goes back to the late 1800s, I believe it was third-generation when we purchased it. It needed so much work It’s an old pear farm, had been overgrown with blackberry brambles. We cleared the land and found this historic old cabin, the Chin Cabin, where the caretaker, Mr. Chin, would live during pear season. We didn’t even know this was here! We’ll be rebuilding and refinishing this cabin in the next couple of years.

I’ve always enjoyed the animals. To me, you watch the sheep chewing their cud or something, it’s just very relaxing. I’ve got customers who wanted eggs, so I got chickens, and the same with the pigs. It’s something I really enjoy.

Right now, I have four generations of my family working Sinclair Family Farms. My mom cleans and packs the eggs, my son helps out and my granddaughter comes and helps out.

Mike Holcomb - Carson Valley Meats Operations Manager

My name is Mike Holcomb I’ve been in the meat industry for close to 25-30 years. I’ve worked in Reno – Butcher Boy Meats, Winco, then ten years at the University of Nevada, Reno at Wolf Pack Meats. I’ve worked for Karin now for two years. I’ve got good extensive knowledge in the meat industry and we’re looking forward to starting this new adventure to be the final link in the chain for everyone to finally get their product processed under USDA, so they can sell it under USDA.

I’m a Gardnerville resident, I’ve lived there for almost 10 years and love the area. I have tremendous respect for the area. I remember as a kid, we’d drive through the area on our way to my grandparents house and my parents and myself just being in awe of how beautiful Carson Valley is. I considered it a great privilege when I moved here to be a part of this community. I absolutely love the area, I love the people, I love the ranching community. I love the valley, it’s great.

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