Welcome to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network


NMPAN is an university Extension-based community of practice of people and organizations helping small meat processors thrive by growing our shared wealth of information and innovation. We offer tools and technical assistance for small processors and the farmers, marketers, and meat buyers who depend on them. NMPAN is housed at Oregon State University.

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Beginner’s Guide to Local Meat Processing

New to the world of meat processing? Want to learn more about key terminology, what meat processing entails, and a bit about regulations and meat processing economics? Check out our four part series on local meat processing.
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Running Your Facility

Processing best practices, equipment, and keeping the wheels on every day. Also, animal welfare best practices & science so you can provide the best care for your animals and ensure regulatory compliance.
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Planning a New Facility or Expansion

Tools for planning a small processing business, cost calculation, plant design, and testing your plan’s feasibility.
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Mobile Slaughter and Processing

All aspects of going mobile: case studies, design and construction, financial models, regulatory considerations, and video.
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Regulations & Food Safety

Processing regulations, HACCP, food safety, and microbiology.
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Webinars & Case Studies

Learn from the experts: focused sessions on practical issues and innovations. Profiles of innovative processors.
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Events and Webinars

Got questions about starting a new small-scale meat plant? 
We have a TON of information on this website- feasibility studies, business plans, budgets, webinars, etc. But we understand sometimes you just want to talk to a person and not read 100s of pages.

NMPAN staff will take yours Qs and give you some As in bi-weekly office hours over the next three months. Pre-registration is required and you can pop into any or all of the office hours available.

June 8, 22 and July 6, 20, and August 3, 17 from 10-10:45amPST.

August office hours will have distinct themes: Aug 3rd financing focus with Ted LeBow of Kitchen Table Consultants, and Aug 17th insurance focus with Cole Williams, meat processing risk advisor.
Register at this Zoom link.

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