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Joel Jackson, meat pilot plant manager, trains students Peyton Booth and Cole McKinney at the FAPC Cowboy Meats Retail Store. (Photo by Kirsten Hollansworth)

Open for business: Cowboy Meats opens retail store at FAPC

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Media Contact: Kirsten Hollansworth | Communications Graduate Student | 405-744-0442 |

When Joel Jackson was hired as the meat pilot plant manager at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, his goal was to open a Cowboy Meats Retail Store. Available to the public, the Cowboy Meats Retail Store is now open 1-5 p.m. every Friday at FAPC.

“We had a great opening day at the Cowboy Meats Retail Store,” Jackson said. “I was excited to meet many of the new customers and hear about their connection to the university and FAPC. While being new to Stillwater, I’ve noticed the Oklahoma State University community, alumni and the city of Stillwater support the activities, programs and events at the university.”

Special orders are welcomed by Cowboy Meats throughout the week, and Cowboy Meats is now taking orders for beef sides and quarters, in addition to whole and half lambs. 

The retail store sells a variety of local meat including ribeye steaks, filets, ground beef and beef brisket. Three flavors of smoked sausage, including smoked pork, no sage and cheddar jalapeno, are among the featured local products available for purchase.

“The support of Cowboy Meats helps sustain livestock judging, meat judging, meat science and food science courses, in addition to the student labor at FAPC,” Jackson said. “The students are an integral part of the operations at FAPC and that includes the new retail store.”

Students assist with the harvest, fabrication, further processed products (such as the smoked sausages, bacon and boudin), packaging, labeling, marketing and sales.

“Without the students, the retail store would not be possible,” Jackson said. “I hope the Cowboy Meats Retail Store becomes a go-to for high-quality, locally processed meats and meat products.”

The Cowboy Meats Retail Store is located on the northwest corner of FAPC at Dock 4. Free temporary parking is available to all customers. The Cowboy Meats Retail Store only accepts checks and credit cards. For more information, call 405-744-MEAT.

FAPC, a part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, helps to discover, develop and deliver technical and business information that will stimulate and support the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma.

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