Beef and Pork Contribution Supports Community and Farmers


(Madison, Wis.) – Tyler Sailsbery, owner and chef at The Black Sheep in Whitewater, is committed to providing nourishing meals for Whitewater community members in need.  A recent contribution from Vita Plus helped him in that mission.

This contribution is part of the Vita Plus Serving Customers & Rural Communities Project.  Vita Plus, an employee-owned livestock feed and nutrition company, has committed $100,000 to support rural food security initiatives throughout the Upper Midwest.  The purposes of the project are to assist those in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic while also supporting dairy, swine, and beef producers by purchasing their products as dairy and livestock farms face subsequent market challenges.  Through this broad-based effort, local Vita Plus nutrition consultants and facilities will identify opportunities to make a difference in the communities where they and their customers live and work.

 Chad Howlett is a Vita Plus beef consultant and sales manager.  He and his family live in Evansville.

Chad Howlett, Vita Plus beef consultant and sales manager, worked with Katy Katzman and her daughter, Elizabeth, of Katzman Farms in Whitewater to designate his portion of the funds to The Black Sheep.  The restaurant used the contribution to purchase ground beef and pork to use in the meals it prepares and offers to kids and families free of charge.

“This was a great chance for us to give back to a local community,” Howlett said.  “We’re all in this together and it’s great when the agriculture community can come together to support one another.  Our farmers love to know the food they produce is put to good use and enjoyed.  This project helps us complete that circle in the community.”

Tyler Sailsbery told the Banner, “That was very kind of them (Vita Plus.) We ordered just over a hundred pounds of meat from Sorgs with this donation. It allowed us to offer the kids sloppy joes, tacos, breakfast quiche or egg bake with the sausage, brats and more. We were also able to hand out 1 lb packages of ground pork and ground beef.”

Vita Plus Corporation is an employee-owned company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, and has been serving livestock producers since 1948.  More than just a feed supplier, Vita Plus consultants offer the latest cutting-edge technology, nutrition and management information.  For more information about the organization, call 800.362.8334 or go online at

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