- When was it built and when first made available to producers?
The mobile processing unit was built in 2002.
- Does this MPU operate under the 20,000 bird exemption?
Yes. This unit was designed for small producers; the capacity for the unit in any one growing season is around 20,000 birds.
- Does each producer get to process 20,000 birds per year?
We have never had a producer process more than 4000 birds in any single year. Our largest producer built her own unit based on this one as her production increased.
- Does the producer rent the unit for a day and do all the processing on their own? Does the unit come with any staff?
Typically the producer picks up the unit from a central location and processes their birds using his or her own staff. There would be help available if the producer so desires.
- What does it cost to use the unit?
If the producer does all the work, including picking up and returning the unit, the cost is $0.75 per bird. Depending on the amount of staff and transportation required, It can be as much as $2.50.
- How many producers use the unit each year? Are they regulars, i.e. once a week/month, or are they more sporadic?
It ranges from 2 to 6 producers each year. Some use it monthly, some less often.
- How many chickens are these producers processing at once?
Typically 100 to 200 birds per day.
- What other animals can be processed in this unit?
Rabbits can also be processed.
- Who owns the unit?
Community Agricultural Development Center, located in Colville, WA. CADC is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington and is federally exempt.
- Is it restricted to any specific geographic area?
This unit operates in Northeast Washington.