Mobile Slaughter Units (MSUs): An International Perspective


A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar.

Date: February 18, 2015
Duration: one hour


The first USDA-inspected mobile slaughter unit (MSU) for red meat species began operating in 2002. Since then, MSUs have not only evolved in size and design but have also gone international: Europe, South America, Papua New Guinea, and soon in Africa.

On this webinar we heard about MSUs operating both in the U.S. and overseas: learning how they meet regulatory requirements, handle animals humanely, manage water, assure food safety, and more.  We discussed MSU design concepts, challenges and future improvements.


  • Thomas Lyck, Hälsingestintan (Sweden)
  • Bruce Dunlop, Island Grown Farmer’s Co-Op (USA), and designer of MSUs in Chile and Papua New Guinea
  • Mike Callicrate, Ranch Foods Direct (USA)

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