Mobile slaughter/processing units currently in operation

Small Meat Processors August 20, 2013|Print


Mobile slaughter and processing units are now in operation around the country. Here is some basic info about them. (Note that as more and more poultry MPUs come on line around the country, not all will be listed here.)

If you operate a unit and would like to see it listed here, please contact us.

Poultry Units

Kentucky Mobile Poultry Processing Unit

  • Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Species: poultry (e.g. chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail), aquaculture (e.g. caviar, paddle fish, prawns), and rabbits
  • Inspection: State-approved, but uninspected
  • Capacity per day: 200-250 birds (depending on # of workers)
  • Owned by the Kentucky State University Research Farm
  • Detailed case study, with photos: Kentucky Mobile Poultry Processing Unit
  • Contact: Angela Caporelli, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, (502) 330-5808, angela.caporelli[at]ky.gov

 

Community Agricultural Development Center (WA)

  • Colville, Washington
  • Species: poultry and rabbit
  • Inspection: Each producer operates under Producer/Grower 20,000 Bird Exemption
  • Capacity per day: 150 to 200 birds (with a three-person crew)
  • Owned by the Community Ag Development Center
  • Community Agricultural Development Center website
  • Basic information about how the unit works: Community Agricultural Development Center
  • Contact: Al Kowitz, Community Agricultural Development Center, akowitz[at]communityagecenter.org

 

Vermont Mobile Processing Unit/Tangletown Farm

  • Middlesex, Vermont
  • Species: poultry
  • Inspection: State-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 250 birds
  • Owned by Tangletown Farm (who purchased it from State of VT in 2012)
  • Trailer built by Brothers Body and Equipment (Crestline, Ohio); equipment supplied by Cornerstone Farm Ventures
  • Contact: Lila Bennett or David Robb, Tangletown Farm, ttownfarm[at]gmail.com
  • Farm website: http://www.tangletownfarm.com/
  • Details and photos in NMPAN webinar: Mobile Poultry Processing Units: Reports from the Field

 

Montana Poultry Growers Cooperative

 

Island Grown Martha's Vineyard (MA)

 

Massachusetts Mobile Poultry Processing Unit

 

Parmelee Farm Mobile Unit (VT)

  • Randolph Center, Vermont
  • Species: poultry
  • Inspection: custom
  • Capacity: 20 birds per worker per hour
  • Owned and operated by Clark Parmelee
  • Contact: Clark Parmelee, (802) 249-3373, parmelee.clark[at]gmail.com
  • http://www.parmeleefarm.com/chicken-processing.html

 

Sierra Foothills (CA)

  • Auburn, California
  • Species: poultry
  • Inspection: Each producer operates under Producer/Grower 20,000 or 1,000 Bird Exemption
  • Capacity per day: 100-125 birds
  • Owned by the High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development Council
  • Details and photos in NMPAN webinar: Mobile Poultry Processing Units in California, Montana, and Vermont
  • Contact: Roger Ingram, University of California Cooperative Extension, (530) 889-7385, rsingram[at]ucdavis.edu
  • KEY CHALLENGE: County health departments have not yet recognized the unit as an "approved source" (per Food Code), so marketing options remain extremely limited. Yet this may change soon, because the health departments are becoming more comfortable with local food (last update: August 2012).

 

Red Meat Units

Central Coast Grown (CA)

  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Species: beef, lamb, swine, goat
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 5 beef or 10 hogs or 20 lambs and goats
  • Owned and managed by the Central Coast Agriculture Cooperative; operated by J&R Meats, a USDA-inspected cut and wrap facility
  • Central Coast Grown website
  • Detailed case study, with photos: Coast Grown Mobile Harvest Unit
  • Contact: J&R Meats,  805-237-8100

 

Community Agricultural Development Center (WA)

  • Colville, Washington
  • Species: beef, hogs, sheep, and goats
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 6-7 beef, 20-25 sheep or hogs
  • Owned by the Community Agricultural Development Center; operated by S & K Processing, a USDA-inspected cut and wrap facility
  • Community Agricultural Development Center website
  • Contact: Al Kowitz, Community Agricultural Development Center, akowitz[at]communityagecenter.org

 

Taos County (NM) Economic Development Corporation Mobile Matanza

  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Species: bison, beef, hogs, goats, sheep
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 5-8 beef or bison, 15-15 goats, sheep or hogs
  • Owned by the Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC)
  • TCEDC website
  • 2012 article about the Mobile Matanza, in "Taos Food News," the TCEDC newsletter
  • Contact: Terrie Bad Hand, TCEDC, (575) 758-8731, tcedc[at]tcedc.org

 

Wild Idea Buffalo (SD)

  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Species: bison
  • Inspection: State-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 6-11 bison, 8 on average
  • Wild Idea Buffalo website
  • Contact: (866) 658-6137, (605) 716-0572, info[at]wildideabuffalo.com

 

Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (WA)

  • Bow, Washington
  • Species: beef, hogs, goats, and sheep
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 8-10 head beef (or 40 sheep or 20 pigs)
  • Owned by Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (IGFC)
  • IGFC website
  • Detailed case study, with photos: Island Grown Farmers Cooperative
  • Contact: Jim Wieringa, IGFC, (360) 766-4273, manager[at]igfcmeats.com

 

Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative (WA)

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Species: beef, pork, sheep and goat
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected, Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Capacity per day: 10 animal units (AU);  1 beef = 1 AU, 1 hog = 0.6 AU, 1 sheep/goat = 0.44 AU
  • Owned by the Pierce County Conservation District
  • Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative website
  • Contact: Perry Schermerhorn, PSMPC, (254) 225-2226, psmpc[at]pugetsoundmeat.org

 

Broken Arrow Ranch (TX)

  • Ingram, Texas
  • Species: venison, elk, antelope and wild boar
  • Inspection: State-inspected for deer, elk and antelope, USDA-inspected for wild boar
  • Capacity per day: 40 venison, elk or antelope, 50 wild boar
  • Broken Arrow Ranch website
  • Services are for population control: ranchers can hire Broken Arrow to come out to their ranch and selectively thin out overpopulated species, then Broken Arrow buys the meat from the farmer.
  • Contact: Chris Hughes, (800) 962-4263, wildgame[at]brokenarrowranch.com

 

University of Alaska

  • Northwest Campus, Nome, Alaska
  • Species: reindeer
  • Inspection: currently seeking state inspection
  • Capacity per day: 50 reindeer
  • Reindeer Research Program Website
  • Other: Access to the unit will be for Alaska Native Reindeer Herders (the only people who can own reindeer in the state) and specifically those living within the Bering Strait Region/Seward Peninsula. The project is designed as an economic development effort to provide stability to an otherwise unmanaged and a currently non-profitable industry. Anyone can enroll in credited meat sciences/slaughter & cutting courses when they are offered.
  • Contact: Greg Finstad, University of Alaska Reindeer Research Program, (907) 474-6055, glfinstad[at]alaska.edu

 

Alaska Meat Company, AK

  • Kodiak, Sitkinak Island, Alaska
  • "Multi-Location Abattoir"
  • Species: cattle
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 5 cattle
  • Website: http://www.alaskameat.com/Services_Available.php
  • Other: at this time, the unit only handles cattle for Alaska Meat Company
  • Contact: Bob or Nathan Mudd, Kodiak, AK: bobmuddjr[at]gmail.com, (907) 486-3905; nathanmudd[at]gmail.com, (907) 654-7422
     

The Modular Harvest System (NY)

  • Hudson Valley, New York
  • Species: beef, hogs, sheep, and goats
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: approximately 10-12 beef, 24 hogs, 30-40 sheep or goats
  • Built by the Glynwood Center
  • Owned and operated by Local Infrastructure for Local Agriculture (LILA)
  • LILA website
  • The MHS is the first USDA-inspected red meat MSU in the country designed to slaughter inside.
  • Contact: Jess Hamilton, LILA, (800) 792-4014, (518) 821-0004, hamilton[at]lila-northeast.org

Nebraska Prairie Harvest Project (NE/CO)

  • Species: beef, bison, hogs, goats, sheep
  • Inspection: USDA-inspected
  • Capacity per day: 10 beef
  • Built by Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition (NEAC), owned by Renewable Harvest
  • Operated by Mike Callicrate, Ranch Foods Direct, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Good Food Concepts Mobile Meat Processing website
  • Cost: this mobile unit was built by the Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition for $120,000 (includes the whole trailer and equipment but not the truck to haul the trailer). The unit includes an ozone-based water filtration system. Renewable Harvest provides free consulting to farmers and communities interested in building and operating MSUs.
  • Contact: Laura Krebsbach, Renewable Harvest, (402) 549-2365, info[at]renewableharvest.org
  • Contact: Good Food Concepts, (866) 866 6328, info[at]GoodFoodConcepts.com
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