Overview of Mobile Slaughter Units (MSUs)

Mobile slaughter units (MSUs) have been getting attention in recent years as a potentially expedient way to bring access to inspected processing to a community or region. USDA- and state-inspected MSUs are now operating around the country, for both poultry and red meat species.

Why are they popular? First, they are typically less expensive to build than stationary facilities, though because they only handle slaughter, they still require access to a cut and wrap facility. Second, by traveling from farm to farm, they allow on-farm slaughter, which many people consider more humane than trucking animals to a slaughter facility.